Never pray for patience unless you really mean it. Why? Because God is serious about our santification. He is serious about us in every aspect of our lives, even our impatience. Recently I did pray for patience and here's what happened.
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." 1 Phil. 4:19 Have any needs in your life? Me too..
Ever seem like those needs aren't being met? Me too..
So when we see a passage of scripture like Philippians 4:19, we have to stop and ask a few questions. If we don't dig in and find the deeper connections, we might easily think the Bible isn't true because we've got needs that aren't being currently met.
That's a very dangerous conclusion.
But if we stop and ask God to help us understand, God loves to help those who are humble and lean on him. (1 Peter 5)
The other day I saw an adoption alert on the Guatemala Intercountry website that peaked my interest. It was about adoption agencies being accredited and it said it was going into effect July 2014, this year!
I thought for a second,
"Man, what if this means that agencies that are accredited can start new adoption cases with Guatemala..?"
So without getting too excited, I started Googling adoption agencies and started calling numbers. For most of them I left messages, but then I finally got to talk to a real human being and I told her I was having a hard time understanding the update, and I needed it in "6th grade terms" (not sure why I said that, I just wanted it in plain English, but I did say that, no offense to sixth graders). She explained it to me, and how it didn't mean what I thought it meant.
Recently we posted on our Facebook wall,
“We’ve prayed for adoption to reopen in Guatemala and for us to adopt Selena for 5 years now…”
That is literally true and to be more accurate, we’ve prayed for Selena in some way every day for the last five years. A few years ago when we lived in Lewisville, at our first house, we were so confident this process of adoption wouldn’t be too long. We only had Nathan at the time, so we imagined the extra spare bedroom would be Selena’s. We painted it girly colors, used a girly bed cover, etc. And every morning before I would go to work I would kneel right by the bed and pray for Selena. And I don’t think this is uncommon. Most Christian parents probably pray for their children like this, but Selena was 2,000 miles away.