We are still smack dab in the middle of our journey towards our Ticos, with no end in sight. We often get the question of how we are doing in this long wait. I can honestly answer that I am so very thankful for this waiting season. There has been such intimacy with my Lord in the hard, in the unknown. He has done so much in
my our hearts! When I look back at all that He has done in and through this story He is writing, I would NOT trade this time of waiting. We are not the same people. He has been training, refining, preparing and equipping us to be the parents-siblings-for very specific children. When the days are long, and we are tired of waiting and doing one more piece of paperwork, I get to cling and hold onto His promises and the truth of His character. I get to continue to trust His good and perfect plan and the timing He has for placing those precious niños in our home! He is never late in fulfilling His purpose and plan!
A wise Ann Voskamp once said, “You haven’t forgotten us or this chapter or this story, and if You haven’t forgotten us (or our Ticos), we’re not about to go forgetting that Your stories always work out in the end-and if things aren’t working out quite yet, it just means we’re not quite yet to the end. We’ll literally practice our faith-we’ll practice saying thanks in the middle.
FAITH thanks God in the middle of the mess,
FAITH thanks God in the middle of the night,
FAITH thanks God in the middle of the story–
Because it believes in the relentless goodness of Him who won’t stop writing till there’s good at the end of this story”.
Amen!! That is how I want to act out my faith. Giving thanks when I can’t sleep-tossing and turning another night thinking/dreaming about these children. Giving thanks when this process is messy, hard and unknown. Opening my eyes to how He is shaping me, and to enjoy this journey with Him, because HE is good!
A sweet gift God has given me along the way has been showing me butterflies. Early on, He started showing them to me and reminding me of the process and stages they must go through to become “beautiful”, similar to what He was doing in me during this waiting season. Those butterflies have brought me much hope and encouragement on so many days!! I started taking pictures of them to remind me of His faithfulness and His love and care for me. I love how others have started praying for our Ticos when they see a butterfly.
Thank you for your prayers, we know He hears them and is at work!
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.