Monday, August 22, 2011

God's Timing is perfect (remind me of that later!)

1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...
(Ecclesiastes 3)

I am blessed to be the part-time Children's Ministry Coordinator for our church and for the last 2 months I have been busy preparing for yesterday's "Move-up Sunday" where the kids all go to their new classes.  Since the summer months are the most intense time of the year for me with planning Niles and I decided to spend the last 2 months praying for our daughter but not doing any research/paperwork (sorry I forgot to mention that in a post before now!). 

As difficult as it was to feel as though we were "doing nothing" to bring her home the Lord continued to reveal himself to us.  One surprise encouragement came from complete strangers.  My parents were vacationing in Hilton Head Island, SC the first week in August when they encountered a sweet family vacationing from TN.  They were a family of 5,  2-boys and an adoped little girl :).  My Mom decided to approach the family and share with them that her daughter and son-in-law were hoping to adopt as well.  The family was SO kind and shared their adoption story with my parents- how the Lord specifically laid on their hearts to bring home a little girl from China.  They told my mom of their desire to adopt a little girl that "didn't look like them" so that they could share their adoption story with everyone that asked!  My mom even spoke with the little girl that when asked "where are you from?" replied "I'm from China, God brought me here."  You can imagine how that touched my Mom's heart and mine when she called to share the story with me!  That day I was blown-away with God's perfect timing- how he perfectly orchestrated that encourgement for my mom while she vacationed and for me in the middle of a hectic day...

But that's not where the story ends!  Move-up Sunday was yesterday- so today is the first day I planned to start reading and researching again.  Just GUESS who I received an email from?  That's right- the family from TN!  Today- of all days!  The mom, Debbie, sent me an email with their entire adoptions story, information on the agencies they worked with and loads of encouragements!  Our God is exceedingly good to me... 

I quoted Ecclesiasties 3 at the beginning of this post and I'll end with another, let us take comfort that "there is a time for every matter and for every work."