"Sometimes I would like to ask God, why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it... but I'm afraid He might ask me the same question." Anonymous

Thursday, July 7, 2011

All in the details or not

My friend Jody sent this message to our Ethiopian Yahoo Group.
  We want to share this insight with all of you sitting in this waiting boat with us. 

I'm glad God doesn't expect us to deal with the details but to be faithful and do as HE commands, so here we are God thanking YOU for the wait and ready when YOU say "GO!"

Thank you Father for this journey to bring us not only closer to our daughter but closer to YOU!   

A post for anyone worrying about the details of God's plan for them. I got this from a friend and immediately thought of this group. I got a lot out of it, and hoping you will as well! Jody

A common phrase you often hear from people is, I don't do details.
 Usually they mean they're more big picture people.
 They don't like to get bogged down in minutiae.

In His own way, God doesn't do details either.
 At least when it comes to His commands to people in the Bible.
 In fact, He can often be painfully vague.

He told Abraham simply,
Go to the land I will show you.

When He beckoned Peter to walk on the water,
He simply said, Come.

On His command Moses to free the Israelites from the most powerful nation in the world,
 He merely commanded him,
Go, I am sending you to Pharaoh.

God didn't use any detail. He didn't lay out a step-by-step plan. He just issued the command and expected obedience.

Sometimes people wanted more detail.
 Moses wanted to know how it was going to happen. What should he tell the people? But God didn't fill in much detail here either.

I will be with you.
Tell them, I AM has sent me to you.

That helps.

On the one hand, you would think God was kind of winging it. On the surface, it would seem that His plan was just to deal with the details as they came about. And that's not very reassuring. Not when you're being asked to step out on faith.

On the other hand, when you read on in the stories,
God had every detail covered.
 Abrahams journey. The plagues. The Red Sea. Even Peters ability to walk on water.
 And that's very reassuring.

God is extremely meticulous. He is all about the details.
 Far more than you'll ever be. He has everything already figured out.
 Every pitfall and possibility accounted for.
 Every detour arranged to get you to your final destination.

So God definitely does the details in terms of His plan and working it out.
But God doesn't do the details in terms
 of what He communicates to you.
That's because He knows there are some details you're simply not ready for.
And ultimately it's because...
He's more interested in your full obedience than your full understanding.
Don't worry. God has every detail in your life covered.
He just doesn't need you to know them first to follow Him faithfully.

written by Pastor Steven Furtick

Thanking God for faithful friends,
Angi & Tim

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Addis Ababa

Adoption Time-line

02/02/10- Ethiopia adoption application & fee sent.

02/17/10- Accepted into America Worlds Ethiopia Program!

02/20/10- Paid initial AWAA program fee.

Start paper chase...

03/02/10- Ordered our birth certificates.

03/02/10- Spoke w/and chose GLAD as Home-Study Agency.

03/03/10- Got Angi's employeement & life ins. verification.

03/04/10- Received Tim's birth cert. in mail.

03/04/10- Went to courthouse, got Marriage Cert.

03/05/10- Received Angi's birth cert. in mail.

03/05/10- Scheduled Tim's phys. letter doctor appt.for 3/8

03/08/10- Mailed GLAD application letter & fee.

03/10/10- Ethiopia made big change- 2 trips required now.

03/11/10- Rec'd GLAD/AWAA Post Placement Agreement.

03/11/10- Rec'd Tim's Health/Life Ins. letter.

03/12/10- Jack & Annie rabie shots/Home Study Requirment

03/13/10- Rosie & Sara rabie shots.

03/21/10- Began Hague on-line required training course.

03/22/10- GLAD beginning our background checks.

03/22/10- Our HIV tests and Tim's HEP B blood draw done.

03/23/10- Tim's TB Test scheduled for 3/30/10.

03/25/10- Notary notarized all paperwork we've collected.

03/26/10- Kyla, our social work came for 1st & 2nd home visi

03/26/10- Adoption Tax Credit raised to$13,100.00! Go God!

03/27/10- Kyla finished 3rd Home Study visit.

03/27/10- Finished family photo pages.

03/30/10- Tim rescheduled TB Test until 4/6/10.

03/31/10- Picked up Tim's HEP B test results.

04/02/10- Received Archie's referance letter.

04/06/10- Tim had TB test placed.

04/06/10- Angi got bloodwork records.

04/06/10- Re-did Financial Statement/faxed to AWAA.

04/09/10- Tim's TB test results- negative :)

04/10/10- Completed Hague On-line training course.

04/10/10- Dog vaccines done.

04/20/10- Faxed Florida CPS request to FL today.

05/03/10- Had our physical visits today.

05/26/10- Angi's bloodwork drawn.

05/28/10- Angi's bloodwork result- normal.

05/28/10- Tim's bloodwork drawn & normal result.

06/01/10- Our 14th Annivesary- Renee notarized physicals!

06/07/10- Picked up our physicals & faxed to GLAD/AWAA.

06/07/10- Found out GLAD rec'd FL CPS checks 6/4/10.

06/07/10- Requested Dr. letter for Angi.

06/10/10- Picked up & faxed Dr. letter to AWAA.

06/10/10- Waiting for AWAA to approve Home Study.

06/15/10- AWAA read Home Study & requested corrections.

06/23/10- GLAD corrected and sent H.S. back to AWAA.

06/24/10- AWAA approved our Home Study!

07/01/10- Got money order for final GLAD payment.

07/01/10- Met Klya/GLAD in Vincennes, got final HomeStdy

07/02/10- Mailed I-600A application & fee.

07/09/10- Renee notarized rest of Dossier paperwork.

07/09/10- Sent 2 papers to IN State Dept.for Authentication

07/12/10- Fed-Ex package received at IN State Dept.

07/13/10- We rec'd Authenticated papers in mail!

07/14/10- Rec'd Immigration Fingerprinting appt for 8/9/10

07/23/10- Went early-Immigration/Indy. for fingerprinting.

07/26/10- Called USCIS & left msg for Immigration Officer.

07/29/10- Officer Opfer called, USCIS back-logged 3 weeks.

08/05/10- Rec'd I-171H today!Thanks Officer Opfer-speedy

08/06/10- Renee notarized new MOWA letter & I-171H.

08/06/10- Got Cashier's check to go with Dossier.

Paper chase completed!

08/06/10- Shipped Dossier to AWAA by Fed-Ex.

08/10/10- AWAA received Dossier packet.

08/13/10- AWAA approved Dossier, maybe DTE next Fri?

08/13/10- Rec'd U.S.State letter stating I-600A sent to ET!

08/19/10- AWAA Fed-Ex'd our Dossier to Ethiopia!

08/25/10- Dossier arrived in Ethiopia today!

The WAIT begins...