Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Digging Through the Roof of Unbelief

The battleground of adoption (and any other God-sized adventure) is waged right where flesh and Spirit meet. Just when the flesh wants to take over and deliver a large load of discouragement the Spirit steps in and says, "Hear this..."

One recent morning, our family Bible study retold the following story from Mark 2.
"A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'"

And as you may already know,  Jesus healed the man a few verses later. Amazing!

As I read this story to my girls I sensed the Spirit saying, "the roof you need to dig through is unbelief." The day continued and as I was driving I considered that thought and the Spirit began to unpack it for me. This is what I heard....

"Cindy, you think the adoption system in Haiti and all its offices are bogged down. You think the Pastor has too much on his plate. You keep considering how many families are in your exact situation with this orphanage as you try to estimate when Keemberlie may come home. But what you are not considering is that there is no "polite waiting line" to get to Me, the one who moves mountains. You are considering the earthly realities around you, but not the supernatural realities about me. You are thinking that you, your family and Keemberlie are just another few people in a crowd. Well, let me assure you, daughter, I care for you and your family. And I care for Keemberlie. I desire her homecoming more than you! You are not just people in a crowded system. You are my daughters. Dig through your unbelief in this and you will find Keemberlie at my feet as I call up to the rooftop saying, "I see your faith and she's coming home." Pastor may be busy. He may get distracted. Haiti's gov't offices may be crawling at a snail's pace. But I am the One who makes things move. I am Momentum. I am Force. I am. And you have access to me. You can sit back and listen to these words or you can start digging. Those who sat in the crowd and just listened to me were not the ones who were healed and forgiven in this story. The ones who were made right with me and given miracles were the ones who decided I was/am not the kind of God to say, "get back in line and wait your turn". I am the God of compassion with lavish love that moves swiftly when I see my children coming.... Dig, sweetie, dig! For unbelief has blocked your path and your faith will break it down."

I don't know the situation you (blog reader) may be facing. I don't know what you long to see Jesus do. But if it lines up with the heart of Christ I encourage you to stop waiting in the crowd like an interested by-stander and start digging your way to the One who already knows you and gave you these longings. He hears, He sees and He's ready to answer, if only you believe. Don't look around you to see if anyone else is moving toward him. Fearing people's judgement or opposition doesn't please the One who died for you. Don't worry if your digging makes a mess. Go on and break a sweat and dig like you believe He's ready to answer you!

Be encouraged and actively pursue the work of Christ in your life!



Jennifer said...

Dig, Cindy, Dig!!! Chris and I pray every night that Keemberlie would be home by Christmas. We will believe with you.

Emily Suzanne said...

Cindy, thank you once again for sharing what God is doing in you. I want to encourage you in this because you've been such a huge encouragement for me. I know it's hard to take these things to heart, but I pray you realize that God is doing GOOD things in and through you right in this present moment.
I struggle with this fear of long lines too with Esther. I worry about too much when God truly is all we need.
Love you already...and am seriously praying for Keemberlie to be home with you all very very soon!

Tonya said...

What a blessing to read this this morning. I needed to read those words as we are approaching the final weeks of our adoption journey. We are adopting from N*p*l and are waiting to see if the US approves our sons visa. The enemy is so wanting to bring doubt and discouragement to my mind, but in faith we are trying to press on! We are digging as hard as we can!

I've been following your journey to your daughter and we are praying with you! We'll dig together!


loverofpaul said...

Love this...God is teaching me the same thing about a seemingly impossible situation in my life right now. This was the encouragement I needed today to continue resting in 2 Corinthians 12:9.


Kari said...

I love this post! I dont often comment on your facebook or blog, but please be assured I am praying along side you to get Keemberlie home.

We love you guys,
Kari Perritte

KK said...

Thank you for this Cindy. It was a needed word today.

Kristin (jkduke622@hotmail.com) said...

Feeling blue today, thinking there's nothing I can do to speed up the process of a domestic adoption. My friend suggested I come and take a look at this post, and I must say, I have received a renewed hope and strength in the Lord. I know He is capable of unmeasureable things and right now, this adoption that we are waiting on to happen seems unmeasureable. I am praying for assurance. Thankful for your testimony!

Michele said...

I am speechless. Exactly what I needed to hear. We've had a ROUGH few months in our adoption journey with no light at the end of the tunnel. Or, so I thought. There is a Light. An amazing Light. Thank you for the encouragement!

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