You realize, of course, that I had every good intention of actually using this blog when I started it up in January. Thing is, our plans were rather altered and I was not sure what to do with it. What sort of entry does one post on a blog that was initially designed to follow our journey of adoption...after finding out that we're pregnant?
It certainly took me awhile to mentally shift gears. But I think I have shifted gears enough to be able to come out of hiding and post again. Actually, I considered blogging again awhile ago, but time seems to be lacking for such things of late. So here is a quick one. Just some thoughts from recent weeks...
Do you know what I find ironic? (Other than the fact that I found out I was pregnant two weeks after blogging about wanting to adopt this year.) I find it ironic that we pray for things, and then we are surprised when God answers. It seems a little odd, don't you think? Yet how often do we do this very thing?
Think about it. We pray for God to work in a situation and when things start happening, we are surprised - or skeptical. We pray that God would make clear HIS direction for our lives, then when life starts to shift in order to make way for that very thing - we freak out. We ask God to do something big in and through our lives, then we spend months wondering why it seems like life has been turned upside down.
Sometimes it takes us only a few minutes to figure out what is going on. But I think more often than not we are pretty slow about it. It may take days, months or even years to catch on to the fact that "such and such" was simply a direct answer to our very own prayers. IF we ever notice at all.
Interesting how often we think we are praying with faith, only to find ourselves startled by an answer. Kind of makes me wonder how much faith I really had. Which, in turn, makes me consider what sort of faith I am praying with now. Do we actually believe that God is listening and will answer in his own perfect way? If we do not, then why do we bother praying? If we do, then why don't we act like it?
Do we pray for rain, then look at the weather forecast and leave the umbrella at home?
What prayers have you been praying? Maybe it's time to find your umbrella.