Tag Archives: sovereignty

Don’t stop believing…

26 Jun

Over the past coupe of weeks I think that I have come to somewhat of a revelation.  It really isn’t anything that has not been completely true since eternity past, but it is something that I have become cognizant of recently.  I love the book of Habakkuk in the Bible!  It is such a rich book.  I encourage you to go read it, but read it carefully and with a good, scholarly commentary close by.  I have had Habakkuk 2:3 rolling around in my head constantly for the past couple of weeks.  I wasn’t really sure why at first.  I mean, I know that it is one of She-Wood’s favorite verses, but it just seemingly randomly crossed my thoughts about 2 weeks ago and has been there ever since.  Here’s what Habakkuk 2:2-3 says,

“And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”

Man those are strong words directly from God!  Now I understand that in context, these words are directed at Israel during a time of rebellion.  However, there is incredible insight that I can glean from these words about the character of God.  In the New American Commentary on Micah, Nahum Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, Waylon Bailey writes this concerning Habakkuk 2:3,

“Impatience is the normal human response to God’s promise to answer his people.  God warned the prophet to wait on the prophecy.  The answer of God would surely come, but the prophet should write down the message because from the prophet’s point of view the prophecy might seem slow…God had already decided upon a solution and would reveal it according to his timetable, but God was not indebted to any human to reveal the answer before he chose to.  Habakkuk, like all of us, was living ‘between the times,’ between the promise and the fulfillment” (pg. 323).

All I can say is that is exactly where I have been lately.  As you probably know, She-Wood and I are in the process of adopting.  We have been in the process for 16 months now.  It seems at times like it will never actually happen.  I have felt at a couple different points over the last couple of months like we will never get a little boy to be a part of our family.  But then last Monday we get a call from our social worker that there is a birthmother who they were going to be showing profiles to.  The only thing was that the child she was making an adoption plan for was a 17 month old little girl. (We have been in the process to get a newborn little boy.)  We were faced with a big decision.  After a lot of prayer, both on our part and the part of many others, we decided to let our profile be shown.  We don’t want the decision process of what child God has for us to be in our hands.  We want God to decide that for us.  Anyways, the profile was shown on Wednesday.  Unfortunately, we were not chosen, and yet again we are still waiting.

It was after this time of not being chosen again that I began to realize why Habakkuk 2:3 had been rolling around in my mind for the past 2 weeks.  God was preparing me for the rejection of not being chosen before I was even aware that there was a possibility we could be chosen.  You see, I have come to realize that God already knows and has already chosen the perfect child for us in His amazing foresight and sovereignty.  Just like Bailey said in his commentary, God already has the solution to our situation picked out and decided, but he in no way whatsoever is obligated to reveal that to me or She-Wood.  And I am okay with that.  This is where faith comes into play.  I know that God has called us to adopt.  I know that he has lead us through these trials that we have faced over the past 16 months in order to prepare and strengthen us for something that he has planned in the future.  And just as James says in James 1:12, if I am able to remain steadfast under these trials, then I will receive the crown of life that God has promised to me.

I am greatly encouraged by the words of God in Habakkuk 2:2-3 and James 1:12!  I know that God will continue to see us through this adoption journey, and He will be magnified, honored, and lifter high through the whole process and in the end. I won’t stop believing that God is in control, and that he will come through on his promise.

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It’s all about love love love love love…

14 Feb

Being that it is Valentine’s Day I can’t help but think of the many things that I love.

I love my Savior!  Jesus is amazing when you think about Him.  (Who am I kidding, He is amazing all the time!)  I am totally blown away when I consider the love that was poured out for me at the cross.  To see the intersection of God’s holy hatred for sin and His unfailing love for sinners is altogether captivating, terrifying, and uplifting at the same time.  I love that I can approach Him at anytime that I need Him.  I can approach Him even when I don’t have a request.  I can approach Him when I simply want to be near Him.  God is breathtaking in His scope and unbelievable in His immanence!  I love you Jesus.

I love my wife!  God has blessed me with such an amazing wife!  I love She-wood completely.  She is my helpmate, my best friend, my support, and my partner.  I cannot imagine life without her.  We have been through so much together in almost 12 years of dating (including almost 7 years of marriage).  She makes me a better man.  The way we are able to glorify God together with our relationship, the way we manage our family, and the ministry we do together is a blessing for me to experience.  God is so good to let me enjoy her, and I do truly enjoy my wife.  Everything about her gives me joy from the way she tucks her bangs behind her ear to watching her teach our children.  I love my wife.

I love my kids!  Wee-wood 1 and Wee-wood 2 are the craziest kids I have ever met, but they are a constant source of fun and love.  I never knew that having kids could be both one of the most frustrating and fulfilling things in my life.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that having children is a huge God-given responsibility.  I love that Wee-wood 1 looks to me as her buddy!  The amount of emotion that wells up in me just thinking about that is great.  She loves me, and I am so grateful for that.  The way that Wee-wood 2 loves to cuddle and snuggle with me makes my day!  She is one of the most affectionate people I have ever met.  I cannot help but think of the little boy that God has for us as we are in the process of adopting.  I don’t even  know the little boy yet, but I know I will love him.  I so look forward to meeting the little man that God has for us.  Oh God you know that desire of my heart to meet him soon. I love my kids.

I love my church!  God has led us through a crazy past year in our lives both vocationally and ministerially.  However, looking back on the past year, it is blatantly obvious that God was guiding ever step in His amazing sovereignty to get us to where we are today.  I love the friendships we have built here and the minister that is taking place.  I love the heart of the rest of the staff for a proper mix evangelism and social justice.  I love that the people here love us and support us in many different ways.  I love that God has led us here.  I love my church.

What do you love?  Please let us know how God has blessed you and what you love today.

I don’t know where I’m going but I do know who I’ll be. These memories and names like leaves all hang on us, the Family Tree.

8 Nov

I was listening to this song earlier today.  I highly recommend that you get Dave Barnes Christmas album if you don’t have it.  It is one of the greatest Christmas albums I have found in quite some time, but I digress.  I love this song in particular.  It is called “Family Tree.”  The last verse goes like this, “There are voices now where silence was The subtle signs of growing up Where one is born, another leaves Branches on the family tree.”  I could not help but think of the incredible heritage that I and my family has.  I thought of my dad’s parents.  They are both with Jesus now, but I remember so fondly spending time with them.  They were simple people, but they left such an amazing wake in the name of Jesus behind them.  I am so thankful for my MeeMaw and PawPaw.  I am thankful for the time that I did get to spend with them and for the example of godliness that they set.  I think also of my mom’s parents.  They are both still living, and I am thankful that I get to experience that as well.  They love me and my siblings so much.  It has been amazing to get to experience them being great-grandparents to the Wee-woods as well.  It was sweet Friday night to see Wee-wood 1 Snuggled up next to my granddaddy on the couch just doing nothing. (I am also thankful that I was able to catch it on camera.)

I am thankful for my parents.  I am who I am today because of them and their parenting.  I know that saying is totally cliche, but it really is the truth.  I am thankful for the values they instilled in me and I am thankful for the love they have and still show me.  I am thankful that they took me to church when I was young, and I am thankful that they made it a priority for us to learn about Jesus.  I am thankful that they love my children so much and that my children have the opportunity to know them.

I am thankful that I am making my own branches on the family tree now.  I am so blessed by God to have children to pour my life into.  I am grateful that God has deemed me worthy of guiding lives toward Him.  I love my children and I cannot wait to see where the family tree goes with them.

I say all of these things in order to get to the point that I can truly say the lyrics from this song, “I don’t know where I’m going, but I do know who I’ll be.”  I have know idea where God will lead my life from here, but I know who I will be when I get there.  God has used my family tree to shape me into who I am so that I will be prepared for whatever God leads me to do.  I am grateful for God’s sovereignty in placing my life in the family tree that He did.  As we are moving into the holiday season, I plan to blog about things I am thankful for.  I ask that you the reader comment on what you are thankful for as well.  I look forward to hearing back from you.