Tuesday, September 18, 2007

God's Timing

Knowing that God's timing is best and REALLY believing it can be two very different things. I know that my way is not always the best way, but sometimes I need a reminder.
I wanted Andrew to come home this week (ok--I wanted him to come home three months ago), and I was upset that the embassy was closed this week. It meant waiting an extra week.
I prayed for God's timing....I swear, I did....but I hoped for my timing.
Here's why God's is better: (and by the way, God doesn't just have one or two reasons. There's a whole list)

My mom's last chemo treatment was Sept 6 and she sounds stronger than she has in a very long time. She will be able to really enjoy her newest grandson.

I gave Andrew the middle name of Charles after both of my grandfathers. I didn't know my dad's dad very well. He died when I was two. But I LOVED my mom's dad---Grandpop Wilson. I miss him so often. My grandfather loved me and I felt it every time I was with him. I'm flying to Guatemala on September 24--my grandfather's birthday.
(you just got goosebumps, didn't you?)

Starting my maternity leave next week means that it will take me right up to the day before Thanksgiving break, which means 9 weeks with my son instead of 8.

1/3 of my school team has not been there yet this year; either because they were on maternity leave or because they weren't hired yet. They both start back to work next week. That doesn't make much of a difference for me, but it sure does for my two wonderful classroom assistants and the woman who will be subbing for me.

And most importantly, Andrew has been sick. I don't think it's serious, but he has had a double ear infection and some sort of respiratory problem that has required a nebulizer. I would never have put him on a plane with ear infections. It sounds like he is at the end of whatever he has had...he has another doctor's appointment on Thursday and I will know more then. Next week is definitely a better week for him to fly than this week.

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12

A very loose paraphrase of this verse would be: "Hindsight is 20/20". It certainly is amazing when you can see God's plan unfold and it all makes absolute sense.


  1. Only 1 week from today! Woo hoo!

  2. Oh my goodness Ruthanne we read that same passage last night in our devotions. It's VERY true too, isn't it? It's such a neat thing to look back and think, "WOW, why did I get so worked up when I should have known God was in control?" The problem with me is next time I'm faced with an issue I know God is working on, I still get worked up. ;) I think you need to add a new song to your list. Nicole C Mullen - God Is In Control. ;) In the meantime, I'm praying Andrew is recovering and will be feeling much better when mommy arrives!

  3. Amen Ruthanne! Next week is PERFECT timing for Andrew to come home. I hope he is feeling better soon, poor baby. Everything is coming together- I LOVE IT!~

  4. It never ceases to amaze me when God kindly reminds me that He is always in control. It's always very humbling to me! You have been such a trooper and I admire your courage and strength. God is so good! And all the time He is good!

  5. I love the way that you were able to turn it all into a positive. It is so true, he is coming to you when all is perfect :) I am so happy for you!

  6. Very cool! Yes, goosebumps on your g'dads b'day. When Ava came home, much later than I thought, lots of things made sense too about God's timing! I cannot wait to see your pick up pix