The past two months have been difficult for our family. We welcomed an 8½-year-old girl to our home. Although we have experience as foster parents, we were not expecting the challenges that a child with higher level of care requires. We were under the impression that we were providing respite care (a couple of days minimum), but God had His plan. Regardless, we decided to take the additional training to get certified as Intensive Treatment Foster Parents. Taking those 40 hours felt like a huge inconvenience. My plans were to continue studying and preparing for my licensing exam and we had some other things we are working on as a couple. With this new goal in mind, all my plans were put aside.
Despite of all my excuses and personal plans, God’s timing is always perfect. Having her in our home is not a coincidence – it is God’s perfect plan. Although our world has been turned upside down, we trust that God is doing a great work in her and in turn building our character. Today, I invite you to be open to the inconveniences that come your way. Look at them as opportunities to reflect the light of Christ. After all, Christ experienced the ultimate inconvenience for you to have eternal salvation!
Rest in His Word: Philippians 2:5-7
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (NIV)
• What is God trying to teach me with this inconvenience?
• Have I been too full of myself to notice others in need?
• What is one thing I can intentionally do today to help someone?
Edith Pont, M.A.
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