Waiting for a harvest

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.
James 5:7
When a farmer plants seed in the ground, he doesn’t know what kind of crop he will have. He must be patient and have faith and spend the time tending to his crop. In this verse it says “See HOW the farmer waits…” The farmer isn’t sitting on his porch. He is doing something. Even though the harvest is not yet evident, he is working because he knows that it will pay off in good time.

We are in a waiting period. The thing about a waiting period is that you start thinking about everything that is going on in your life and you tend to start questioning things. It’s easy to become discouraged and it’s easy to wonder if you’re on the right path because it feels like nothing is happening. Sometimes it is easier to be running around like a crazy person because you see things getting done. We are such impatient creations.

You may remember the post where Rebekah and I sat down and started the decision of from which country we should adopt. We were looking at Russia and Bulgaria as well as Colombia. In the last few weeks we have seen God’s reasoning for Colombia. Russia has had such turmoil with adoption lately being shut down. Yesterday I read about how basically all of Bulgaria’s government has resigned. This will no doubt throw a wrench in the adoption process. Just know that if you are one of the families trying to adopt from these countries, God never starts something that He doesn’t finish.

But looking at these things from our side of the table we see tremendous confirmation and protection. It is a sign that we are on the path that we need to be on. Regardless of the day to day trials of life, and regardless of the enemy whispering discouragement in our ear saying that this will never get done, we choose to see God at work and rest in the knowledge that He will complete what He started. He is faithful. So we will tend our field and expect a bountiful harvest, even though the plants have yet to break the soil.

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Wading In

By Rhees
Pastor Mike was speaking on Joshua leading the Israelites into the promised land. When the Israelites came to the Jordan River, it was at flood stage. There was a huge, impassable obstacle in front of them. Joshua and the priests waded into the river as God had commanded and the river water stopped flowing. The water in front of them flowed into the Dead Sea. The Israelites crossed on dry ground into all that God had promised them. But they had to wade into the river first. They had to attack their obstacle before they saw God at work.

Rebekah and I took that challenge and sat at the bagel shop on Brookside making a spreadsheet. We wanted to compare the specific details of the countries from which we were considering adopting. She was excited to have heard from God regarding adoption, and while I had gotten on board with adopting from another country, what I wasn’t so sure about was how many. “More than one? Three?! My wife has gone crazy,” I thought. “This is going to take a while to digest and I’m going to have to have some major confirmation from God!” He was only too happy to oblige.

Later that week, I had one of the most vivid and detailed dreams I’ve ever had. To say that the dream was prophetic would be an understatement. ALL of the questions that had been going through my mind were addressed. There was a flood of provision. There was an army of people helping us prepare. EVERYONE was terrified, except me. I had total peace and was bursting with excitement. And three times in the dream, there were three children present. So….there’s that major confirmation.

If you are adopting, you have to step out in faith. You can’t run from the obstacle. God will provide for you and if you listen, there will be the confirmation that you need.