Thank you again for your care and prayers regarding our adoption of Judah. Earlier today the judge postponed our ruling (as well as the Littleton’s) until June 29th due to busyness with other matters. He has similar adoption rulings to write and court cases to be heard on the 29th, and he said he wants to do everything that’s scheduled on that day. Those words are encouraging, though they are not the ground of our hope.
For reasons other than pessimism or negativity, Cindi and I are not surprised by today’s outcome. We had said in private conversations as well as with others that we weren’t expecting a ruling today, not because God is incapable of providing it, but because various indicators didn’t seem to be there. Nevertheless, just as our hope is not in the words of the judge regarding June 29th, so also our faith is not in our own predictions or premonitions about today’s postponement or any other.
We miss Judah very much, we talk about him often, and we watch videos of him every now and then, yet we find ourselves very happy to trust God. Waiting on Him has been a joy that is difficult to describe. I believe there’s a verse that talks about this exact experience. Beyond our desires and our sight lies a beautiful tapesty that is being woven by God as He creates and threads our current, visible circumstances into a colorful tribute to His gracious providence. I believe that it is beautiful enough to wait for its weaving. Right now the threads run around the corner and out of sight, but this does not mean that they are merely threads, to be evaluated on that basis alone. God has graciously taught us that what cannot be seen is just as real as what can be seen, and often, in a sense, moreso.
Earlier today Cindi mentioned the story of Moses, Pharaoh, and the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Over and over again Moses came before Pharaoh and said for God, “Let My people go.” Yet over and over again, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Moses may have rightly asked, “Why did you tell me to continually ask of Pharaoh what You were continually causing him not to give?” I don’t think the answer to this question is necessarily simple, except in the mind of God: “But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments. The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst” (Exodus 7:3-5).
I don’t say that the Ugandan judge is Pharaoh, that Judah is the Israelites, or that we and the orphanage are functioning as Moses. Nor do I say that the main purpose of the exodus story is to function as an encouraging analogy for the trials of our little lives. But I do say that God is still God, from the exodus of the Jews to our adoption of Judah, and that His relentless passion to display His power and glory has not abated in the last 3,500 years, nor has His patience in orchestrating the circumstances for the display. Because we believe this, we continue to pray and to wait. Soon we will see Exodus 14 and sing Exodus 15. I hope you will continue to pray and wait with us, not because we want you to focus on our lives, but because the tapestry will be more intricate if your prayers are part of it.
Who is like You among the gods, O LORD?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders? — Exodus 15:11