a day is like a thousand years, a thousand years a day

We just found out last week from our adoption agency that we have a longer wait for a referral than we first anticipated. When we started the process one year ago, we thought that we would have our children within 2-3 years. We are now looking at a wait of approximately 3 years or more from today. What we were told is that Colombia is currenly processing dossiers from September of 2005 and our dossier was approved in September of 2008. While we were a little surprised, we trust that God’s plan is at work in us and in our children.
I am reminded of II Peter 3:8 which says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” I know that this verse refers directly to God working his salvation in us and I have pulled it out of context. But I’ve been thinking a lot about what it would feel like to be God in that situation. I think that his patience in us must be very frustrating at times as he waits for us to get it. And yet, when we finally do get it he is so joyful that all the waiting was worth it.
I expect that this is how I will feel over the next 3 or so years. Right now I am completely at peace with the wait because I know with confidence that our patience will bring our family together. We will have children from Colombia. However, I think that there will be times when sadness will hit me out of nowhere, the wait will overwhelm me, patience will seem like an itch I can’t reach. But, when the phone call finally comes, when we get a referral for two of God’s children, the wait that seemed like a thousand years will be replaced by one day of joy. And that one day of joy will feel like a thousand years of joy with more to come.

2 replies on “a day is like a thousand years, a thousand years a day”

Oh Renee, you are beautiful inside and out. I love your heart and I love hearing the journey of your family. I just happened to get on your blog tonight and I haven’t been here in months…and ta da! You posted just recently. I’m truly excited to meet your children someday and I’ll join you in praying for them. Have you heard of the book Grace Based Parenting? I think you’d appreciate the message of this book as you wait in excitement for your kiddos.

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