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Hurry Up and Wait!

Hurry Up and Wait!

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

No! That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky.


When I was a young boy my mother would say, “Greg, go clean up the living room, your room, do your homework, etc.”  My response was an immediate, “OK, wait!”  It wasn’t disobedience but of course it wasn’t immediate obedience.  I was planning on getting to it, maybe, if I remembered and the task at hand lost its luster.

There is soooooo much waiting in life.  How is it that we get anything done.  I wonder sometimes how much control we actually give God over our lives.  I wonder if we say we are yielding to God but are proving that we are simply manufacturing a schedule of speed and busyness just outside of HIS influence.

The Adoption Process is a laboratory of waiting (This link is our updated Adoption Time Line).  Waiting for the Home Study, I-800, I-797, LSC, LOA, NVC, CA, our government and the Chinese government, it is just a ton of waiting.  No kicking or elbows poking out of mama’s belly, just waiting.  (To get a clear understanding of all those letters click on the link immediately above).

Here are 4 Benefits of WAITING

  1. It teaches us patience as we practice willing ourselves to “wait” on God.  God promises to strengthen our hearts in the process (Psalm 27:14).  The waiting can be exactly what our soul needs.  Especially in the case of a “Waiting” child who has special needs, the waiting is a strengthening and readying blessing.
  2. It purifies our motives. Instead of acting out in haste, we learn to act out of love and obedience.  More people should adopt, there are 163,000,000 orphans world wide, this is a reachable goal, the eradication of fatherless and motherless orphans. Not sure the Bible speaks of waiting as a means of grace but it sure brings up the dross in order to see who we really are.
  3. It protects us from unseen danger. God knows what’s down the road. We don’t. Giving us what we want now may not fit into the bigger picture of our lives. Sometimes, that can be a danger instead of a blessing.  Waiting to make a purchase, getting romantic too quickly before marriage, getting that job, picking up that orphan, etc.  Our waiting is often the exact ingredient that takes the bitterness of life and the sweetness of life and brings them together towards something beautiful.
  4. It makes us great witnesses of God’s faithfulness.  We experience the exciting adventure of seeing God’s plan unfold and the time allows us the opportunity to consider the hand of God and formulate our story.  Waiting allows us ample time to meditate at the front row seat God has allowed us to sit in while life goes on.  Don’t forget to ask God, “Please keep me focused in my waiting!”

You and I have 3 choices when it comes to waiting on God.

  1. We can manipulate our circumstances to get what we want. However, this robs us of God’s best and could end in disaster.  This is a hard lesson, especially if you are like me, an outgoing, leader type.
  2. Walk away from God when we allow our disappointment to turn us from God.  This actually happened in John 6:66, maybe one of the saddest verses in all of the Bible.  Jesus then pressed the disciples if they were willing to wait and hang in there and Peter said, “Where else can we go, you alone have the words of eternal life.”  Jesus is worth waiting on.
  3. We can wait and trust God has our best interested at heart. Waiting on God requires faith, patience, and humility.  God does not make junk and has great interest in you.  Instead of getting bitter in waiting, get better in waiting.


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