On Sunday Geof would finally get to meet my hometown church pastor and worship with the church family I have grown up in. The following week, Geof would leave for a hunting trip to Nebraska with my dad- something both were SO looking forward to enjoying. My sweet little baby nephew would possibly make his arrival into the world during that week as well! Mom and I would get some good mother-daughter time while the men were hunting, and it would be a great start to a few months in America introducing Geof to the first 28 years of the people and places of my life.
That was GEOF’s plan.
That was my MOM’s plan.
That was my DAD’s plan.
And the plan of so many others.
But not God’s plan.
By This Time in my Life, I Should Stop Being Surprised By
God’s Perfect Timing
There have been a few points made in our Esther study that have been truths for me and Geof to hang on to with our lives recently.
Speaking of our plans to visit America, it has now been a year and four months since we signed up with a lawyer and started the immigration process. Two years and 1 month since the very first time Geof tried to visit America through simple visitor visa applications. *More details about visitor visas vs. immigration visas are going to be posted later.
Geof was finally scheduled for an immigration visa interview in Nairobi, Kenya on October 17th. We thought Geof would receive a visa on that day and we would quickly return to our apartment in Uganda, pack up, and head on out to America. We were quite excited!
The week before we left for our exciting trip to Nairobi was session 5 of the Esther study. It was all about waiting. A few key points are in bold, my thoughts in italics.
- Our culture teaches us impatience, but we must learn to wait on the LORD. Yes! We have been waiting for over two years and our time is coming. We are waiting on the Lord! He’s about to grant the visa!
- Waiting on God isn’t exhausting, it brings renewal. Right! We don’t feel exhausted after this year and half…We are excited as we head to Nairobi.. we are feeling energized and confident because we know our God is faithful and we have been waiting on Him all this time.
- Our strength is depleted when we wait on the thing we want, the person, or the event. Again, we had tried not to focus so much on the visa, but continued telling ourselves and friends that the Lord’s timing is perfect. His timing would be the best.
After talking about waiting in the story of Esther, I felt so encouraged. Geof and I HAD been waiting! We were trusting the Lord’s perfect timing. We were so excited to head to Nairobi, get Geof’s visa, and go on our visit to America!
Stay tuned for more things we have learned through this entire process!