"What a strange prohibition! These men were going into Bithynia just to do Christ's work, and the door is shut against them by Christ's own Spirit. I, too have experienced this in certain moments. I have sometimes found myself interrupted in what seemed to me a career of usefulness. Opposition came and forced me to go back, or sickness came and compelled me to retire into a desert apart....
Teach me, (Holy Spirit) to see another door in the very inaction of the hour. Inspire me with the knowledge that a man may at times be called to do his duty by doing nothing, to work by keeping still, to serve by waiting. When I remember the power of the "still small voice", I shall not murmur that sometimes the Spirit suffers me not to go." George Matheson
When I cannot understand my Father's leading
And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate.
Still I hear that gentle whisper ever pleading,
God is working, God is faithful, ONLY WAIT!
Mrs. Charles E. Cowan
We still don't know anything. We are doing our homestudy. Fingerprints, background search. Andy and I go in for our TB test and drug screening tomorrow.
Gifty is making improvement. She should be "home" from the hospital by now. Even though she is not going to be ours, I can't help but keep up with her. Any time you would like to check on her, feel free to read the OR&R site, Love in Liberia, or Deb in Liberia. Each of them update on Gifty on occasion, and I know that any of those sites would love to have your prayers as well.
But since Gifty is not going to be our daughter, who is? What is God's plan for us. Why did he call us to fill out pages and pages of paperwork, RIGHT NOW. We were planning to do it someday, when we were a little more financially well to do. We had every intention of doing it someday, when the children we already have are a little older. We had definite plans to do it someday, after Andy finished his degree. And I guess that might sum it up nicely there... there is always another excuse, for someday.
Right now, we do our paperwork. Pray continually. And wait.
I know that "our child" is waiting for us. We will wait for her, or him.
"Do not say in thine heart what thine will or wilt not do, but wait upon God until He makes known His way. So long as that way is hidden, it is clear that there is no need of action, and that He accounts Himself responsible for all the results of keeping thee where thou art."
"Where God's finger points, there God's hand will make the way."
All quotes taken from Streams in the Desert