My dad sent me a link to devotional podcast he listens to every day as an encouragement in our long and ever-changing adoption journey. The guy giving the devotional is talking about a passage in 1 Chronicles in which the author is giving the lineage of someone. Honestly, I usually just skip over that stuff when I come to it, don't you? But the guy calls it "stunning." I think I snorted a little bit when he first said that.
But then he goes on to read a little break in the lineage where the author tells the quick story of a descendent whose only two sons are killed. The father mourns his boys and then sleeps with his wife again and she becomes pregnant with another son who they name Beriah. Then the lineage continues and Beriah ends up being an ancestor of Joshua who would, of course, eventually lead God's people into the Promised Land.
The point he's making is that when we face trials in our life, we often question why. But we can only see the short view of our story. God sees the long view. He sees how it all fits together.
The guy doing the devotional ends it with this:
That is stunning.
Isn't that what the oft-quoted scripture in Hebrews 11 is suggesting?
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Or you could say, "Faith is having confidence that there is a long view of our lives, despite the fact that we live in the short view." We live our lives in the short view, but it is our faith in God's goodness and promises that allows us to hope for the long view.
Our adoption journey is a perfect illustration for this. I see it that way - in the short view. Of course I do! It's the only perspective I have! But every so often, I have felt like I have gotten a glimpse at the long view, even if it's only by turning back to see the brush strokes painted by each twist and turn.
In fact, the amount of changes we've made to the Master Plan is somewhat comical. I recently wrote in an email to our friends who have been praying for us for the past two years about our adoption(s), "