There are some people in this world that demand an answer or attempt to explain away everything that pertains to God. If we could do that, then faith would not be faith would it? Faith in the atoning blood of Jesus is the only thing that saves a sinner from eternal death. (Eph. 2:8-9) Faith is the one thing that God commends over and over again in the Bible. (Hebrews 11) Without faith, we cannot please God (Heb. 11:6). Faith requires us to lean and trust in the Almighty God when things are completely out of our control--when we are poured out and emptied of ourselves. Faith develops perseverance to make us mature in Christ (James 1:3-4) It refines us.
Recently, we have received news from our agency that the adoption process may take longer than initially planned. It appears that it now might be 7-11 months after we receive the referrals of our children until the adoptions are completed. We have yet to receive our referrals. I was pretty discouraged when we first heard this and whined to Kurt, "We don't have time!" But my husband...my incredible, patient, trusting husband replied, "We have all the time in the world."
So, I am (once again) reminded that I can have faith in God's perfect plans. The maturing process always takes time. Refining sometimes hurts and it isn't always what I want. Thankfully though, when we are called by God and lovingly follow His lead, we can rest in the promise of Romans 8:28,
"And we know that in ALL things
God works for THE GOOD of those who
love him, who have been called
according to his purpose."