9/25/14

Keeping Focused: What is God Doing?

I shared in a previous post about when we wait, our hearts and minds need something to focus on.  First, we can focus on who God Is.

We learned that He is
Soveriegn
Faithful
Loving and
Our Father


Part Two:
What is God doing?
God is....

Defending the Fatherless.
Psalm 68:5-6a - "A father of the fatherless, a defender of widow, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families."

One of the first verses I came across when we started this adoption process was this verse in Psalm 68.  Over and over again God is described as a Father to the fatherless.  When we look at the faces on the Waiting Child list through the agency, my heart breaks as I see them all without a family.  Yet, God is a Father to them.  He sees them, even more than we do.  Whether it means raising up foster parents, workers in an orphanage, maybe a neighbor across the street, God is providing for them. He looks into their faces - knows their names - and takes care of them.

It is so encouraging to my heart as I entered this adoption world to see God using people to join Him in fighting for these children.  I have met so many people who have already adopted, supporting adoption, or are just starting the adoption process themselves.   Although God loves everyone, there is no doubt from Scripture that the orphans and widows are special Him.

It brings me comfort, that the God who sits on His throne and governs the nations, sees these orphans.  These orphans used to be invisible to me.  I never knew their faces until now.  God, however, has ALWAYS seen their faces.

What is His promise to them? - "God sets the solitary in families." Families.  That is what He gives to these children. Families.

When I am tempted to not see any progress, I remember that God sees her face. Our little girl, who has no family, is not alone right now.  God is protecting her and watching out for her.  He is also working out all the details for us to bring her home.

Keeping His Promises.
Deut. 7:9 - "Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments."

My daughter will always be haunted by medical history forms.  She will be reminded that she does not know her biological family every time she goes to a new doctor.  She will have to sit in the waiting room, not being able to check-mark the form labeled "Family History." She will not know whether her grandmother died of cancer or a heart attack.  She will not know if her mother suffered depression.  She will have no knowledge of her father's health.  That part of her history will be lost.

Her new family history, she will know about.  She will learn of her grandmother's love for running.  She will hear about her great-grandmother's piano playing in church.  She will even hear stories about her great-great grandmother who was a midwife in Logan county!  Her new family history will be one full of God's faithfulness.  She will be reminded of her Great-Grandma Delma's love for God and faithfulness to His house always.  She will have that as a legacy - God's faithfulness.

God is faithful even now, in the waiting. God is faithful in keeping His promises.  God promised Israel things in the Old Testament that are true today - that will be true forever.  God is faithful to keep ALL of his promises.  I cannot look back at my life and not see God's promises being fulfilled.  When we keep our eyes focused on His promises, we have nothing but hope for our future.

Strengthening Our Hearts
Psalm 27:14 - "Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!"

How does God strengthen our heart when we wait?
1. He is Light
Psalm 27:1 - "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?"
When we worry about the future, it is rooted in fear.  Fear of failure. Fear of pain. Fear of struggle.  Knowing God is a God who brings light to the darkness of fear can keep our eyes focused on His strength. Fear is easy.  Shine a light into your fears by looking to God.

2. He is Lovely

Psalm 27:4 - "One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD."
Praising God drives away worry. Lifting our voices and hearts to the LORD God reminds us of His wonderful care and control.  We are reminded that He cares for us, like no other.  We are also reminded of His control of all situations - even the ones we do not understand or cannot see.

3. He is Listening

Psalm 27:7 - "Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me."
God always hears our prayers.  Waiting patiently means trusting that He is still listening, even when nothing is happening.  Waiting can be a time when we cry out to God - share with Him our feelings of loneliness or hopelessness.  We can pour our heartache, frustrations, pain, loneliness, and fear all out to Him because He is listening. 



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