Joy in the Waiting

Hey, Abigail here.

So I know it’s been a long time since we’ve written anything on our blog (we always say that!), but we just have a hard time making a routine of it.

Ever since we got back from Haiti (April 2012) we’ve been anxiously waiting to see what God has in store for us. We were so anxious to travel again that we weren’t taking sufficient time to listen for His still, quiet voice. Once we took the time to settle down, we discovered that God has wondrous plans in store for our family, but we MUST be willing to set our own wants and timetable aside.

There have been several opportunities that we have tried to pursue in this last 18 months or so that we’ve been back in the States. Some of these include pursuing another position abroad with GO Project, starting the process to become a certified foster family, and serving with a ministry in South America. With each of these, we have gotten excited and rushed into things blindly, not seeing the red flags that kept popping up. These opportunities were not right for our family at this time. We finally felt the Lord saying, “Just wait! I have something great for you guys, but I need you to enjoy this season of waiting, and learn to open your eyes and ears to my voice.”

So we stopped running after things, and let other things fall into our laps. I’ve been able to participate in a couple different Moms groups, and I love it! I’m having so much fun forming relationships with other mothers, especially in my local MOPS group. John got the opportunity to go back to school to finish his Bachelor’s degree, which will open up so many doors for us in the future. We’ve started volunteering with Catholic Charities to help refugees. The first people we’ve met are from Bhutan and (I think) we’ve become fast friends despite the severe language barrier. I’m continuing to volunteer at our church’s ESL classes, I enrolled Hosea in a Music Class, and we’ve formed many relationships along the way.

I guess the biggest lesson we learned here is this: Don’t be afraid to jump in. It may not be where we necessarily want to be at the moment. But our eyes are on Him, and He put us here during this time for a reason. We’re putting down roots, all is well, and we’re continuing to find joy in the waiting.

**In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9**