Thursday, June 28, 2007

Inconvenient Grace

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This incredible journey has been one in which God has extended grace beyond measure to us. It has been much more than God bringing an orphan child into a family that had room to spare. It has been God teaching us DAILY to walk in faith in very tangible ways. As we have wound down to what we feel is the latter stages of the adoption process, we have been waiting and watching God to provide the last portion of finances and orchestrate the paperwork. So imagine how incredibly inconvenient it was for us when I realized that I would need to walk away from a job that I loved. What terrible timing! God called me to obey Him by standing for truth and following principles of scripture and conscience, but I was left asking the question, "What now!?!"

God anticipated that question long before I asked it and prepared a response that would teach us to walk a little closer to Him. The gap to reach our financial goal was $5500. Yes, you read that correctly: was. In an incredible act of selflessness, a family who we have never met bridged the gap for us. An adoptive family themselves, they have been praying for our family and Kristina for some time and now have blessed with this incredible gift. We are speechless and praise God for providing a way in the absence of what I thought would be our provision. Once again, He is showing us that this act of mercy toward an orphan child will be to glorify Him and Him alone. Praise God with us for His faithfulness!!!

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God
Micah 6:8


U said...

Dear Leslie... thank-you for sharing this great story and journey with us all. Our God is great indeed.

Missy said...

God is good! It still shocks me when He does stuff like that for me. I am so happy that He has supplied what you needed (just when you needed it!)

Tami said...

Praise God! He never ceases to amaze me!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the nice post on our website. I'm so glad you will follow us along our journey and I pray that you will get your appointment in the fall. I have watched all of your videos and I can't wait for you to bring Kristina home.
Lisa Bush (

Melissa E. said...

Wow! Do you mean your goal is entirely reached? Really?
That is so Awesome! Praise the Lord!

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