Isaiah 62:1-4 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.
Tonight my silent prayer at dinner was for God to show me my path and to give me the patience to see it on His time. I know this seems like a weird prayer, but I know that the path for my family after these last two volunteer projects is still unknown, I just have to be patient enough to see it when He is ready for me too. It took reading this passage a couple times once the kids were in bed to really understand what Isaiah is actually doing, but it seems clear (at least to me) that Isaiah is talking with God and telling Him that he will not be silenced or stopped until God upholds His promises to the exiled Jews. Now I am definitely not exiled nor have I never felt abandoned by God, so maybe that’s why this scripture is so difficult for me to understand, but nonetheless I can understand Isaiah’s frustration. Our impatience makes waiting for God’s timing really difficult. We want the answers or the solution to our questions/problems/etc. now not later; we don’t want to wait. I can tell you that this is probably one of the most difficult things for me to do, be patient and wait until God is ready to show me. It’s been so freeing to give my life to God and let Him lead me down the path designed for me; however, waiting for Him to reveal it, that is a different story. That is a whole new kind of patience, especially for someone like me who wants to have everything planned out ahead of time. I think that is why the second part of my prayer is probably more important than the first and how I can relate to Isaiah. I need God to give me the patience to wait for His time because He will show me my path and He will lead me where He wants/needs me to be, I just have to wait (and wait) for Him to do it.
I have seen firsthand the benefit of waiting for His time. Our time here in Romania is a perfect example. We were supposed to be in Kenya right now, but God had different plans and because we were patient, we witnessed His divine plan work out in ways beyond my imagination. David asked me today at dinner what my favorite part about our time here in Romania has been and it took me only a minute to respond. I shared with him a conversation I had earlier today with Katie (a long-term volunteer) in which she shared with us how grateful she was that we were able to change our plans to come here earlier. She told me that because they are so short-staffed right now it would have been extremely difficult to have shifts at the hospital with the babies if we were not here. So my favorite part of our time here in Romania was learning that God’s timing is perfect and I just need to learn patience. God will provide because He has made this promise to ALL of His children. We not only have to trust that He will honor His commitment to us, but we also need to have patience because only His timing is perfect and only He can put us right where we need to be. And we needed to be here in Romania, right now.
I worked at the hospital today and we only had 5 babies with no parent, which is wonderful. But the hospital was still full, it was full of parents staying with their children, which meant more Baby Bundles to be delivered. For those that missed the previous post about the Baby Bundles, these are bags of clothes, bibs, jackets, shoes, etc that are given to parents that stay with their children. FFR gives these Baby Bundles out every Friday and we volunteers (even our kids) work together to put the bags together. Again, God’s timing is perfect. Katie needed help delivering all these Baby Bundles because there were so many and since we only had 5 children we were done with our shift early, so we joined Katie with the deliveries. Here are a few pictures!
Delivering Baby Bundles with Katie and Steffi
These were the bundles for 1 floor.
I will leave you with this prayer…
Thank you for your plan for me. Please give me the courage and strength to follow it, the patience to wait for you to show it to me, and the wisdom to know when it comes. Lord your timing is always perfect, never early and never late. Knowing that you hold my future is definitely worth the wait.