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Faithfulness in Waiting

I like planning things. I like knowing when things are going to happen. And then I like making sure they happen when they are planned for. In my mind it makes things scheduled and organized and I know what to expect.

Life isn’t really like that here. And most days it drives me nuts.

Lately as I have been sitting with God I have just wanted answers. Answers to the plans that are taking so long. Answers to why he wants to be so slow and take so long to make things happen.

I’ve been asking what good is continuing to come from the kids still being on the street. We are all ready to move forward and have these homes built so the kids can be off the street. But he seems to want to go WAY slower than me. He seems to be taking his sweet, precious time in giving our kids these rehabilitation homes.

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But why?

A week ago I sat just wanting to know why. Why did he find it best that things happen this way?

As soon as our ministry began we started looking for land to build rehabilitation homes for our kids. From October to some time in January we had one strike out after another. The piece of land we looked at was an outrageous price. The land was mountainous with no flat spots to build. The location was dangerous. No, no, no!

And then came the middle of January where we found the PERFECT piece of land. Flat. Huge. Clean title. Honorable owner. Great location. Respectable price.

I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

In my small, worldly-thinking mind the waiting and looking was over. This was the land, let’s sign the papers.

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But that isn’t at all how it happened. The questions began rolling in. Has so and so looked at the land? Is the price negotiable? Can we get a lower price because of the location? Who will handle processing the papers? Has the surveyor checked the land markings? Is there running water available? Is there electricity? Are the neighbors ok with having street kids close to their homes?

Some of the questions were answered quickly and easily.

Approval from others was given.
I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

The owner of the land is not looking to sell the land to anyone else and is willing to wait on us to make an official offer.
I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

There is electricity already available at the land.
I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

The lawyer looks into the paper work and everything is said to be legit.
I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

Other questions took weeks or months to figure out. During those weeks and months it felt like such a waiting game. Some things were in our control but some things we just had to wait on.

The owner of the land checks in to make sure we are still interested in the land and assures us whatever our offer is, it will be ok with him.
I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

The water situation is worked out and we are approved to have running water.
I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

Then one morning, seven months after finding this wonderful piece of land, a group of us sat around a table with nothing but smiles on our faces. We all knew the magnitude of the moment. There was small talk, there was laughter, there was peace. After seven long months of patiently waiting the time had come for God to give us the go. God had given us permission to celebrate in His timing. The papers were signed. The land was officially purchased.

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I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

Over the course of the past week I’ve gotten my questions answered. If we were moving at my speed the little moments would be overlooked and missed. If the timing was up to me the big moments to glorify God would not be there.

I am thankful. God is glorified in his faithfulness.

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