"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
- James 1:27
Isaac Watts’s hymn continues to shed light on our hearts and experiences in this journey. The fourth stanza reads a follows:
A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.
In our present era of instant gratification, it is hard to fathom this eternal patience of God. Time is not the same for God as it is for us. Our family is in a new season of waiting, but we are not patient!
We have been matched and are so grateful and excited. The big kids are eager to visit with grandparents and friends on long sleepovers while Mama and Daddy meet their newest little brother! We are itching to hop on a plane and bring him home.
We’re waiting for paperwork as it journeys back and forth and back and forth across the Pacific. We’re on the last “back and forth” (if we understand it all right!), ready to gather visas, tickets and reservations.
We know that everything comes in God’s good timing, and we are doing our best to use this time to learn and prepare. We want to recognize that while it feels like “a thousand ages”, we are really experiencing just “an evening gone” in the grand scheme of life.
We are praying for our hearts to be right, and for this little boy and his heart in the changes he will soon be experiencing. While we are gaining a new family member, and he is gaining a new family, he is also losing the home and people he has grown up with so far. We pray that the fruit of the spirit be evident in abundant ways in our lives.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;