Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Big Hands

Who else has held the ocean in his hand?

Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or who has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to give Him advice or teach Him? Has the Lord ever needed anyone's advice? Does He need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach Him what is right or show Him the path of justice? No, for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand...
Isaiah 40:12-15

I am unbelievably thankful tonight for the reminder in Isaiah that our Heavenly Father's hands are so big!

Some days this adoption seems much too big for our small hands...the political environment of S's country, the unpredictable nature of judges and governmental authorities in a country plagued with numerous problems, the unknowns of international adoption, the timeline, the logistics of traveling, the financial requirements and associated costs that are constantly rolling in, the enormous spiritual battle that is part of every adoption story that I have ever heard about, including this one, and the list could go on! This does not even account for the challenges and hurdles we will most likely face when we are finally able to bring S home. 

Some days raising four small boys and knowing another little baby is on the way is much too big for our feeble hands. I love these children more than words can express, but being a parent requires a constancy and consistency that is beyond what I am capable of on my own strength. It is challenging, exhausting, and requires being on call 24 hours a day! It reveals every single one of my weaknesses, and it exposes my flesh and my selfishness like nothing else could possibly do!

I am SO THANKFUL for God's big hands... 

He can measure the waters in the hollow of His hand.
He can mark off the heavens with the span of His hand.
He picks up the whole earth as if it were a grain of sand.

His hands are quite big enough to hold S while she must wait in her orphanage day after day.
His hands are more than able to bring healing and wholeness into every part of her heart, mind, soul, and body.
His hands are equally able to hold and care for my precious boys in spite of all of my shortcomings as their mother.
His hands, even now, are fashioning and forming this newest little life inside of me.
His hands are sufficient to provide the entire ransom we need to bring S home.
His hands are strong enough to move the hearts of every single judge and individual that affects this adoption.
His hands are steady enough for all that is unknown and unpredictable. 
His hands are powerful enough to fight every battle that we will have to face in the days to come.

We are resting in His hands tonight and trusting Him for all that is completely out of our small hands! We are still praying that the Lord will move in the hearts of every judge and every person who plays a role in S's adoption. Due to some changes in the Bulgarian government that we just found out about today, her documents will not be submitted until tomorrow morning (which is actually just a few hours away from right now!). We know that even these delays and changes that are happening are still in His hands and under His watchful eyes! We'll keep you posted when we find something out! Thanks for standing with us in prayer!

Have you not heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depth of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weary and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31


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