Waiting on God's Timing to Adopt
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)
I’m a planner by nature. From the time I was in high school, I had the majority of my life fairly well mapped out. I’d graduate, go to college, and meet the man I was going to marry. We’d get married after graduation, work for a few years, and then start our family of no fewer than four children, all spaced two years apart. I had a little wiggle room built in—I hadn’t declared the gender of the kids, nor did I mind if they were two-and-a-half years apart. But the rest? Well, that’s just the way it was going to go.
For a while, things seemed to be going just as I imagined. I met a wonderful man in college; we married after graduation, and started on our careers. And, after being married for three years, we decided to get working on those kids, because we had no desire to be older parents. Then the waiting began. What followed were thirteen years of some of the worst spiritual pain I’ve ever imagined as we tried and failed to start a family. But God was doing a work in my heart that has changed the way I live. He was driving home the message that He, and He alone, is sovereign. And that it isn’t my time—or my plan—that matters, but His.
My husband and I have since adopted two amazing children. We’re older parents, but in many ways I’m a better mom now than I think I would have been. And I have seen firsthand how God makes everything beautiful in His time.
HOPE DEFERRED BY ELIZABETH MADDREY
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ABOUT ELIZABETH MADDREY:
Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.
Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.
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