“Mother, may I take three steps?”
“Yes, you may take three baby steps”
“Mother, may I take five steps?”
Yes, you may take five froggy steps.”
Did you play “Mother May I?” when you were younger? In the game you always have to ask the question and then the one at the finish line answers with the type of steps you are allowed to take. You may take five frog jumps. You may take four baby steps. Two backwards steps. Bunny hops. Kangaroo jumps. But everyone playing the game really wanted to take the giant steps. Giant steps got you closer to the finish line faster.
In adoption, no amount of pleading with social workers, intake workers, and country coordinators can get you closer to the finish line sooner. There are no giant steps with adoption. Most of them are baby steps. Sometimes the only way to survive baby steps is to live daily.
Did you know want to know the waiting secret? You only need grace for today. Strength for today. Love for today. You only have to wait one day at a time.
When our waiting stretches from weeks to months, then to years, our hearts get anxious and we begin to worry. We are overwhelmed with the passing of time. We think back to all the months we’ve already waited. Then we look ahead to the finish line. We can’t even see the finish line. We don’t know how many little steps will get us from here to there.
In our waiting, no matter the reason, we have to take small steps. One date at a time. One loving choice at a time. One day. Thinking about the weeks, months, and years of our wait will only discourage us.
While we wait, let us wait and let God renew us DAILY. God will give us all that we need TODAY. Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Today you can find the strength to wait, just one more day. I woke each day asking the Lord to give me strength FOR THAT DAY. Strength to have hope. Strength to do the things I needed to do. He gives us strength while we wait. Don’t give in to those feelings of hopelessness and despair. You can walk through your waiting with strength, because God is renewing you.
Strength for today
And bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings are mine with ten thousand besides
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me.
– Thomas Chisholm
Finding rest while you wait is about living in today. Rest in our God who loves you and is renewing you.
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