Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Living with Gracious Uncertainty

No... before you have to get any further, the I-171H has not come yet. But that is okay, because I am living in "Gracious Uncertainty". It is the life filled with "breathless expectation" at what God is doing behind the scenes and causing to work for our family's good, even though we do not see it with our eyes. "Wow!" You say... "Why, Shari, that is so profound!!"... well, Friends, it is; but I did not say it or think of it on my own. It was in today's Oswald Chambers devotion. Click on his name to read it yourself. It's good stuff and just what my little pattering heart needed to remember and tuck away as we continue this wait. (Man... and all this paper does is get our stuff to ET-- so we can REALLY start waiting!)

Adoption paperwork isn't the only thing we are waiting to understand. Over the weekend, my middle son was riding in one of those caged-in, go-cart, dune buggy things (that sounds awfully accurate, doesn't it?) and the boy who was driving the go-cart, dune-buggy thing accidentally flipped it over with my almost 7 year old in it (Yes, he was wearing a helmet and buckled in). Yikes!!! Besides the shock factor which took the rest of the day to overcome, he kept his right arm dreadfully close to him at all times and cried continually about it being in pain. He refused to keep ice on it, and when Tony mentioned "hospital" and "x-ray" he about went into shock again-- AAAAAHHHHH!!! So... we opted to wrap it, splint it and wait for the morning. Tony did manage to get him to the ER on post the next morning and the x-rays revealed nothing. No break. But... I'm not so sure. It was VERY sensitive last night still, and swollen in one particular spot on the top of his hand, and puffy all around his wrist. He still can't squeeze anything with that hand. Breaks are so tough in little kiddos-- especially in those parts of the body with tons of bones and lots of space in between them, naturally. It probably isn't broken. All we can do is wait and see. Poor baby. :(

Thank you to everyone who is keeping up with us and praying for us!! Somedays it is hard to remember that we ARE indeed adopting! But, I am confident that in just the right timing, all things will come together and happen. Not just with paperwork, but throughout this roller coaster ride :D

Grace and Peace,


Caleb and Becca's Ethiopia Adoption said...

hi guys! thx for the mannatech donation...hoping to get more people sending those in :-) just wanted to stop by and say hi...and also that blended beauty stuff IS amazing! we love it and use it on sakari all the time!!! it smells so good and sometimes it's all i can do to not bite her head cuz it smells like cookies and cake :-)

Sherry said...

Shari - Loved the sentence that said "We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next." That just really sums up the adoption process, doesn't it. It's such a faith walk, in ways we have never had to be blind and trusting before. There is so little that is in our control. What a precious refining process the Lord is taking us through. And how sweet that He is allowing us to walk this journey with others who understand the pain that comes with the refining, but also the amazing joy that will come on the other end! I am praying that tomorrow would be the day He sees fit to bring your 171h!

Sherry :)