Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Stay with God

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

Waiting is hard. Whether you're waiting for something or somewhere or someone you love with great anticipation or waiting for direction on your next steps, the in-between time can seem long. People will say, "What's new with your adoption?"

I don't really have an answer because nothing is new. We're waiting. We have an updated home study and no real plan because every time we try to make a plan we meet road blocks. It's been discouraging. We've asked the social worker to show our profile to a couple birth moms and plenty of people know we want to adopt.

But nothing is new. We're just waiting.

Sometimes those are hard words to say because we want to tell people the plan. And, really, for me, too often that plan I share with people is mine. God is teaching me that he has a plan that may look nothing like mine. It's a lesson I've learned over and over again, yet her I am again learning it.

Yes, I want to adopt again. But more than that I want to see the goodness right here in the land of the living. Sometimes that's hard while waiting because instead of soaking of the present goodness I catch myself peeking around the corner, trying to see what's next.

That picture above is a scene I captured while traveling on the South Island in New Zealand. We were going from Queenstown to Milford Sound, where one of the world's most beautiful fjords was a must-see sight. And it was beautiful there. Amazingly beautiful. But the journey there was beautiful too.

I read these verses from Psalm 27 this morning and then I glanced out the window to see orange and red and yellow and green leaves mostly still on the trees. And I saw goodness. God reminded me that he's always working and creating new seasons. But rather than anticipate what's coming, I need to see the beauty for what it is right here, right now.

I really like how verse 14 is written in The Message:

Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again: Stay with God.

Stay with God. That right there is what makes waiting possible. Because, really, waiting is actually living. There is much goodness in the land of the living. I want to stay with God so I don't miss it.

I'm linking up today with Beth Stiff's Three Word Wednesday

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  1. I'm going to echo the this verse in the MSG version. The other three words that stood out for me is, "He's always working." And...what is so great is He is always up to something good. That has brought me comfort lately remembering that He only does good things. "There is much goodness in the land of the living. I want to stay with God so I don't miss it." I don't want to miss it either...Staying with God!!!! Lifting you up in prayer friend. Thank you for this beautiful message today and for linking up for Three Word Wednesday.

  2. KristinHillTaylor10/30/2013 5:36 PM

    Thanks, Beth. You have a such a sweet spirit and I'm glad you share that with this big 'ole Internet world. :)

  3. Jessica Rodriguez11/27/2013 1:43 AM

    Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit.
    I’ll say it again: Stay with God.

    We should really trust in God. Everything is happening for a reason. Love the verse. Love the message. Thanks Spiritual insights