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Patience in the Waiting
By Guest Author on September 30th, 2013

Patience is a virtue that sounds great in theory but is not much fun to learn. In a world that values speed, we can easily find ourselves annoyed by the delays we inevitably face. While we may be able to step away from our work desks to calm ourselves down in the midst of frustrations, what do we do when the trials are coming from the little children God has allowed us to redeem? Patience does not seem as nice when we are face to face with a raging child who refuses, yet again, to put their clothes on as they scream curses our way. Whether you are the birth parent, adoptive parent, foster parent or counselor, this type of situation is a difficult and sometimes scary one to be in.  Families throughout our communities are faced with such trials each day as children both young and old struggle against mistrust, abusive backgrounds and self-protective barriers.  In the midst of it all, the light ahead can feel like a fading beam from the distant shores of hope, becoming lost with each swelling wave that comes.

The work of restoration is a process for us all. Although God saved us in an instant, He has slowly worked his mercy and grace into our lives day after day. So too we must walk through the process of restoration in the lives of our children, especially if they have come from places of brokenness or abuse. It is hard to face the same walls day in and day out, month after month, year after year. Yet we know that one day, truth does break through and light conquers the darkness that sought to  overtake our precious ones. In Proverbs 22:6, we are told to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” God did not qualify this verse to make it only apply to certain children. It is a promise that those trained in righteousness will later chose rightly and we can hold on to this promise when all hope seems lost. I know it is true because I have witnessed the changed lives of children from various backgrounds who were once deemed as lost causes. God is willing and able but we must stick with Him to the end and not lose heart.

This week, as we go about your daily routines there will probably be a time or two when our patience or the patience of our children wears thin. In those moments, let us take the time to breathe, ask God for His grace to take over and then move forward knowing that He will work all things for the good of those Who call on His Name. I am thankful that the Lord takes the time to walk with me along my journey of becoming more like Him, and I believe that through His grace we can do the same thing for our children. May we patiently receive and extend His mercies anew every morning.

Jaime, Hospitality Coordinator
Orphan Justice Center

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