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2007 February 3 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

The Waiting Game

3rd February 2007

The Waiting Game

To say that I’m a patient person would, well, it would be a lie. Really. I’m very impatient. The irony of the cosmos at the moment is that I’m playing a big waiting game. Life is really about waiting when you get down to it. I’m waiting for baby #3 to come (in about six weeks), I waited nearly a year for daughter #1 to get potty trained. A YEAR! Come on people, that was just torture. I even hate waiting for bread to toast in the mornings.

So I believe that God has probably been scheming (is that irreverant?) to find a way to help me learn a bit of patience and reliance upon him rather than upon myself. Of course, th first step in this programme was the introduction of children to our family. I believe that I’m currently living in the second step.

I mentioned in a previous post (that I can’t find at the moment) that we’re in the process of applying for a green card for my husband. I and my children are American citizens, but he is not. We originally thought this would take about six months, going through the American Consulate in Auckland. We were informed by letter last Saturday that, due to an immediate law change, all green card applications are now being processed through the United States and we can expect it to take at least 12 months, possibly longer, just for the first step to be completed.

I rang the Consulate on Tuesday (Monday was a holiday) and discovered that we may have to go through the Bangkok office instead, which would probably take even longer. So, now, we’re waiting.

As my husband and I talked about it, he told me “Michele, we are not going to live in limbo. Life goes on here.” It’s difficult for me to know that we’re planning on moving to another country (and all the mental anxiety that causes) but yet our life continues here in New Zealand. We still need to be active in ministry here, we’re still teaching our children here, we’re still developing friendships here, but yet part of me is thinking about America.

On the immigration issue, we’re currently praying over another option which would require a huge step of faith on our part because it would mean that our income would be drastically reduced. However, if it’s what the Lord wants for us then we know that he will provide.

I think at this point I’m focussing a lot on the line from the Lord’s Prayer:

Give us this day our daily bread…

God promises us today, only today, so I need to honour him with my best today.

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