Monday, October 31, 2016

Blessings in Waiting

Did you know that the word wait is repeated in the Bible 88 times (ESV)?  And that does not include any variations like waiting or waited. That's a lot!

It is also a word I do not particularly like a lot.  Does anyone?

I mean really, when someone tells us yes, great!  When they tell us no, well, at least we have an answer.

But, wait?  It is so ambiguous.  It requires much more action on our part.  Or inaction even.

Either way, as my kiddos used to say when they were little, "No thank you!"

It is one thing to say "no thank you" to a parent.  It is a another thing to say "no thank you" to God!

I think the thing I have to tell myself, repeatedly it seems these days, is that "wait" from God can be a blessing.  Or, at the very least, you can find blessing in the "wait."  Guys, sometimes I really need to find a blessing!

Let me tell you a quick story.  Grab a cup of tea and some chocolate.  Lots of chocolate!

We got the adoption referral for Colby Jose when he was four months old.  We brought him home when he was 21 months old.  For those not so fast at math like me, that was a 17 month WAIT!  I always tell people, I could have almost birthed TWO kids in that time.

If you are a visual type of person, here is what that looks like.

This is the first picture we saw of him.

This is what he looked like when we were finally able to board that airplane from Guatemala to the states.

That is a BIG WAIT! Colby said, "Wow, I grew!"

It was no fun, and hard, and heart breaking at times.  But there were blessings in our time of waiting.  Many!

For example, near the last few months of our wait, things had gotten pretty rough.  We thought we had lost Colby a few times when Guatemala shut its doors to international adoption, we stopped getting updates for a few months, and then we moved, leaving behind a group of some of our biggest cheerleaders and prayer warriors.  It was a lonely, and scary time.  Somewhere during that time flowers showed up at our door from a friend with a note of encouragement.  It made my day!  The following week flowers showed up again, this time from another friend.  By the time the third week of flowers showing up, I knew something was up.  Y'all, it continued to happen until that boy of ours came home.  Some cards were signed, some contained scripture, some just a few sweet words, but every week it was like a ray of hope in the darkness and just a reassurance that we were not alone!  A friend had rallied the troops to surround us with love!

It. Was. Amazing!

And to this day I am still in awe at how God used a sweet friend to bless us beyond measure in the waiting.

I will admit I do not prefer it when God says wait.  It is against my nature to wait.  Yes, waiting is hard.

Whether you are waiting for that child you long for.

Or for the perfect job.

Or for the spouse of your dreams.

Or for that degree you want to have.

Or whatever desire God has placed on your heart.

But know this, if you look hard enough, and with an open mind and an open heart, you WILL see the blessings in waiting.

They might not all be tangible blessings, but if God has said wait- there will be blessings that await you.  Look for them.  He has a better path and a better plan, even when we cannot see it at the time.

And praise the Lord, He will often use His people to bless us during that time.

I am thankful for those people in our lives- past, present and future!


Linking up with Caroline at The Modest Mom!



  1. Michele, your sweet family has been in my thoughts and prayers. May you continue to find the blessings in these times of waiting. It does seem, so often, that God is saying "be patient, I'm setting it up, I'm working on it, my time not yours." That is difficult. I pray that you continue to find peace to wait for God's plans to come to fruition, for you and for each of your children. - Lori

    1. Thank you for your prayers, sweet friend! They are much appreciate as we move through this difficult season! Trusting God!

  2. What a beautiful reminder of when God says "Wait" we will make it through. Praying for your family.

  3. Waiting does suck. My daughter recently posted about "waiting" on Facebook and how she knows God has already answered her prayers, she just has to wait. Her post was in response to her heartbreak over a failed relationship, one that she thought would never end. Nothing breaks a parent's heart more than their child's broken heart. Her post showed me that she is going to be ok, and she's going to trust God with her future. She is okay with the "wait" because God's timing is perfect, and He will send the man who will be everything God wants for her when the time is right. I have read your last two posts, and I don't know what grieves your family, but know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. Romans 8:28, Philippians 4:6. We never suffer without purpose. God always uses our suffering to shape us into the people He wants us to be, and we need not be anxious about anything, because God has got us covered. Love to you and Clark, and your beautiful kids, my longtime friend.

    1. I am so sorry for your daughter's hurt. We will be praying for God's best for her and her future! Thank you for the encouragement and kind words! HUGS

  4. Ah Michele I've been there. Blessedly we were able to hold and care for our daughter during that waiting period but the time between a tiny preemie and a toddling 2 year old seemed endless before the adoption papers we signed. And there have been, and are still, many other agonizing waits too but when the wait is over you think back are glad you had the perseverance to wait. Keeping your family in our prayers.


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