We had such a tremendous sermon at church today that I thought I'd better come memorialize it lest anyone who googles something to do with Ethiopian adoption, delay, frustration, etc. would land on my last post and wonder if I'd lost sight of what's what. I think I am more prone to become clouded in my view of where we are headed because of all the other emotional things going on in the house on any given day--especially as we are within a week of Christmas. It's very hard to be by myself for this holiday--again. The first time turned out quite lovely, but it doesn't make me less apprehensive about my abilities to handle things alone this time.
Anyway, about church.
Our pastor talked about how heralding the birth of Jesus, even while he was still being carried by Mary (as in the instance where she visited Elizabeth and John leaped in Elizabeth's womb), was a testament to people that we should rest in the knowledge and rely on our faith. We may not actually know how the story turns out, but we know.
He went on to say that when we worry we are not trusting in that truth. We are questioning the very nature of what God says he will do. In other words, if I believe this adoption is God's will (which I do) then my worrying over it and questioning if it will ever take place chips away and questions whatever else I know to be true based on faith.
The pastor also quoted an article he read that said, "Blessings come when you trust that the will of God will be fulfilled."
I needed to hear it today and if you are in the same spot we are in, you do too.