Sunday, July 5, 2009

Faithfulness, Part Two

Sometimes God reminds us of His faithfulness through the stories of others. Today was one of those days for me.

I had the opportunity to go to Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church this am. I went to hear my friend Tami speak about her adoption journey in Kyrgyzstan. Cherry Creek Pres is hosting Tami's "Red Card" program. It's an eight week Sunday School program designed to teach families about advocating for Children at Risk around the world. Find out more about this amazing program here.

Anyhow, I digress, Tami shared about God's faithfulness to her both during the adoption journey and since. It was so encouraging to hear the many ways that God answered prayer for her daughter and others. As I listened, with tears in my eyes, I felt a surge of hope! As if God was reminding me, I haven't forgotten, I am at work, I do have a plan.

After she shared her story, Tami passed out pictures and prayer requests from six of the waiting families (including me). She asked each of the tables to pray over the child and the requests from the waiting family. She also asked them to write notes of encouragement to the family. It was such a blessing to know that over 100 people were praying for the waiting 65 families. I stuck around at the end and helped Tami collect the cards from the tables - I was so excited to see how many cards there were! At least 5 per family and some even more than that (some of the tables were fuller than others)! It will be so fun to get these in the mail and will be yet another reminder of how God is touching lives through this wait.

At the very end of the time, as people were leaving, this little old man came up to me, with tears in his eyes, to tell me he was praying for me and for my daughter. He gave me a hug and had to turn away - he told me "you know, I just don't cry". OK, now I'm crying.

God is so faithful! I love the 3rd chapter of the book of Lamentations. It lists all the reasons for hopelessness, and there are many of them in this case, but then a turning point in verse 21 and following:

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Yes, great is Your faithfulness, dear Lord!
Read the whole chapter here.


Maria said...

I'm going upstairs right now to find the verse that I marked two nights ago in the Bible about waiting or some such so I can share it with you -- it seems so appropriate. Hold on....

Ok, there were two places.

One was Psalm 68:6 - God puts the lonely in families.
Now, I had to ponder this for a while and take it in context, but what I figured out that it meant is that God puts lonely people into families. Isn't that what adoption is all about? Beautiful.

Then Psalm 62:5: I wait quietly before God for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation my fortress where I will NOT BE SHAKEN.

Numbers 23:19 (end): Has He ever promised and not carried it through?

Luke 1:45: You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.

Keep the faith, Kimberly, God will fulfill his promise of Hannah.

Cindy LaJoy said...

Kimberly, Hannah will come home, your faithfulness will be rewarded, God is GOOD. Hang in there, I PROMISE YOU the wait will be oh-so-worth it!

Kimberly said...

Cindy and Maria - thank you so much for your words of hope and peace! I so appreciate them!

Laura and Tom said...

What a beautiful story and experience.

McMary said...

What a beautiful story and how great it is that you have support like that.