Waiting on God–Our Journey of Adoption…an adoption blog about the book, paper pregnancies, & persisting in prayer.
–by: Delana H. Stewart
“Knowing that God would bring a particular child into our lives would be the comfort and strength needed to help us through the challenges we would surely face. Nonetheless, I felt so ready, so expectant. I might as well have been pregnant because in my mind I knew God had given me this vision, had implanted it in my heart and would bring it to full term.” (Nine Year Pregnancy, p. 10)
Just this week, a year after writing those words, I began reading the book Fueled by Faith by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. I wish she had written the book earlier and that someone would have given it to me a decade ago when we wondered what God was up to! In her book, Jennifer talks a lot about visions given to us by God, and she compares them to conception and pregnancy. She says:
“When the vision has reached the right developmental stage, nothing can hold it back. Until that time, nothing can bring it forth. My advice is this: Don’t push before it’s time.” (Fueled by Faith, p. 108)
Many days I wanted to push and make something happen. Other days I wanted to quit carrying the vision, abort it, because it was so painful to be in limbo. If you are in limbo waiting on God to answer a prayer in your life, trust Him, cling to Him.
“When God put His promises in you, you will know it. You’ll find that it is woven into your spiritual DNA. You can’t get rid of it. You may become discouraged. You may decide one day not to believe it anymore. But you wake up the next day, and you believe it again in spite of yourself.” (Fueled by Faith, p. 111)