These past few months have been all about baby steps in the Jones household. Baby steps to becoming the GREATER family God has called us to be. This Fall we got really serious about taking the necessary training classes to complete the foster care process. This past weekend we took the last few baby steps by purchasing a crib and a set of bunk beds so that we have everything ready when children are brought into our family. (Thankfully God has blessed us with carseats through great friends so those didn’t have to be purchased!!)
However there is one more BIG baby step- a little construction project that has to be completed so that the state will see one of the bedrooms as a “room”… long story short, since you must walk into our bedroom to get to Andrew’s, it does not qualify as a room. Thankfully we know a great construction man who is going to be tackling this project for us as I type.
But to be real honest, sometimes these baby steps seem huge. Big purchases and changing our home to accomadate state regulations are sometimes scary and hard steps to take. However, we know God wants us do these things. We know God is asking us to obey Him and He will bless our family because of this obedience.
Just like the Isrealites in 2 Kings 3- Elisha told God’s people to dig ditches all over the valley and then God would fill the valley with water. In the middle of a drought, it seems silly to dig a ditch. Not only silly, but a little scary because if you are already thirsty, now is NOT the time to start an outdoor work project. But God did not say, “I will fill the valley and then you can dig the ditches.” Sometimes we have to be willing to dig the ditch, even before we see the rain and hear the wind.
In Greater this week, I read about how the TerKeurst family was called to adopt two boys from Africa. Pastor Furtick shared what God spoke to Lysa’s heart and it has really hit me hard.
If you are a woman of faith, you need to live a life that requires faith. You’ve been talking about faith, but you are a mastermind at maneuvering so that you don’t have to have any faith at all.
That is so true for many American Christians. And that is so true for me. My life is comfortable and I don’t really NEED God for much. There is food in the cabinets. We have money is savings. These things are good but sometimes they keep us from living a life of faith- being sure that God will provide even when we don’t see His provision yet.
However, I am becoming very aware of how this next step in the journey is requiring much faith. Faith that God will provide everything we need. Faith that God will bring the right kids to our family. Faith that Andrew will love being a foster family as much as he loves talking about it now. Faith that we can love these children with HIS love. Faith, faith and more faith.
What ditch is God calling you to dig even if you don’t see the rain or hear the wind?