The children and I were reading 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 the other morning,
3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers,[a] as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 4Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
I asked the children what they felt that “steadfastness” or “perseverance” might mean. Kiana answered right away “Holding on tight”. (From the mouth of babes, they say).
I have copied one of Mother Theresa’s quotes in my book, “I do not pray for success, I pray for faithfulness.”
All these thoughts were swirling around as I was thinking back to this week, and some of the harder moments that we have had with Noelani and Clive; especially Noelani. This poor child whom I want to love is really struggling, and our days have been rough.
I’m sitting in my bedroom writing this right now, and I gazed out my bedroom window at...
wait, I’ll show you a picture...
It is snowy, icy and cold this morning. Can you see the icy snow sticking to our pine tree? But it’s also a picture to me of the pain and fear that clings to Noelani’s heart right now.
And I think I know what the LORD is asking me ... will I faithfully “hold on tight” and persevere with this little girl; will I carry her burden of pain, fear, bad attitudes and painful choices? Will I stand strong for her in this “cold of winter” till her heart warms up?
“Yes, LORD. Thank you for the promise in Ps. 55:22 that assures me that as I cast my burdens on You, You will sustain me. I can trust You to uphold me. May my new children learn that they can trust me now as they also learn about Your great love for them. Show me how to carry their burdens.”