Wednesday, April 10, 2013

God's amazing timing

God works in mysterious ways.  Sometimes his hand is so evident, that it's hard to miss.  This morning we had our last homestudy visit scheduled, and then we would be ready to start the process of selecting a child to adopt from the waiting child lists.  But an ice storm came through overnight and our social worker cancelled the visit.  How often do we get an ice storm in April?  This is the second time she had to cancel, and it made us wonder if God has a bigger plan going on than what we can see, and the timing just wasn't right yet.  Maybe we will never know, but it reminded me of the story of our first adoption, when God's hand in the timing was so plain.

Our son PD is such a blessing to us and we are so grateful to be his parents.  The year he was born I was in a women's Bible study that met on Thursdays, and often after the Bible study I would do a little shopping in town and be gone most of the day.  Valentine's Day that year happened to be on a Thursday, and our Bible study leader had to help with her son's school Valentine's party that day, so we rescheduled our Bible study for Tuesday.  All of that left me at home all day on Thursday, so that I was able to receive the phone call from our social worker, asking if we would like to adopt PD!  The social worker said that since they were in a rush to find a family for PD that day, if we hadn't answered the phone they would have gone on to the next family.  But God had our Bible study leader sign up for her son's Valentine's party way back at the beginning of the year, so that I would be home to take that phone call.  It was so obvious that he wanted PD to be in our family, and I'm so glad he is!

My times are in your hands.
Psalm 31:15

God is an amazing God, that he can orchestrate ice storms, Valentine's day parties, and phone lines and everything else in the world to work out so that His plan is accomplished in each individual's life.  Wow.  I'm glad He's in charge and not me!

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov'reign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
~William Cowper, 1774~

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