Hello! Long time no post, eh? Let’s catch up a bit. After God so graciously allowed us to reach our $25,000 fundraising goal this past November, we were able to enjoy the holidays with our families. I can’t begin to explain the joy and peace we have felt knowing that God so beautifully provided all of our adoption funds. So when people have asked how things are going, we can’t help but say, “Great!” We’ve been officially certified and on the waiting list for a little more than six months now. Average wait times can be a year or even longer before some families are matched, so we’re trying to just enjoy the time we have together before our little one arrives.
If I’m honest, we’ve been pretty busy, so the past few months have flown by. Some weeks it’s been all I can do to meet my deadlines and keep our house in working order (this does not mean clean, mind you). And while we try to pray for our sweet baby boy or girl each night before bed, one other activity has helped remind me to trust in God’s timing in all of this: dusting. Yeah, that’s not a typo, and yes, it’s one of my least favorite chores, too. I tend to try to do it really quickly, which does not garner great results. Sometimes I see if I can just dust around things. You know how it is…well, if I don’t move those books, who would possibly be able to see the dust on or under them?
While I employ this half-hearted technique throughout the rest of the house, when I reach the nursery, I somehow always pause. I slow down and look around me. I think of how many months I’ve dusted an empty room…waiting…praying for the occupant to arrive soon. Wondering what he or she will look like. Trusting that, just as I faithfully wipe the layers of dust from my empty crib, God is faithfully meeting me where I’m at, lovingly changing me through this journey. I move to the dresser, thinking of all the horrible diaper changes to come and continue praying, “God, would You watch over my precious baby? Would You be faithful in caring for him or her? Would you help me trust You no matter how many more times I have to dust this empty room?”
The awesome part is I know God will be faithful because He’s already shown Himself to be exactly that. So, I’ll keep dusting and praying as we wait for sweet Baby Linton. Thank you praying with me and for our little one while I dust.