I don’t know about you, but a lot of people in my life often speak a phrase, “well God’s timing is always perfect” or “God’s timing is best” or something like that. Perhaps you haven’t ever heard that, maybe it’s just the circle and community in which I find myself. But regardless, it’s something I hear frequently.
Just to clear the air, I must state it — I certainly agree! It’s a simple statement, but it’s true — I have seen it in my life, and the lives of others. Recently with this whole Foster Care journey, I think I am understanding that phrase in a fresh way. Of course it is likely with a certain amount of providence that I am being allowed to “re-learn” this old adage, about “God’s perfect timing”. That said, we are not terribly impatient to have our Foster Kid(s)/Placements in our home, but we definitely are eager — as anyone is on the cusp of a new adventure. But I’ve seen anew how “perfect God’s timing is”.
We began our paperwork/home study process way back in August/September of 2017. Potentially we could have been through with paperwork, Foster Classes, Home Study & preparations by early-mid December — but it didn’t work out that way. We will sign our Final Home Study on this Thursday, 1/25/18. Thankfully we truly haven’t been annoyed or felt like it was dragging out. In all honesty, I believe both Clara & I have been mostly okay with however long it takes — we know that everything is about to change and whatever time period we wait, we probably needed the margin of time.
As it turns out, December was kind of a tough month. If it weren’t enough chaos with the holidays & end of semester chores, we had a lot of major stuff happen.
- We gutted and rehabbed the hall bathroom that we’d been putting off
- Thankfully a husband of a great couple in our Foster Class is a contractor and was willing to guide and teach me how to rehab the bathroom alongside him, so not only did I get to save money by helping, I learned a lot of things I hadn’t really done myself before.
- All that to say, in our 1.5 bathroom house… we were without our main bathroom for a little over a week… it’s perfect now!
- My grandfather passed away — right in the middle of the bathroom remodel. Naturally for any family that is a major blow — and we needed time to spend with family and mourn and work through that (which naturally will continue for awhile).
- We did NOT have our kid room ready at all. Who knew (we didn’t…) it just takes time to order bunk beds, pick up mattresses, find good kids bedding, paint furniture, rearrange your entire home & organize all the toys and books given by friends/family.
- I ended up with the Flu & also had a ton of changes at work.
- And a ton of other little details that are seemingly unimportant until they are added into the collective list of December/early January ‘chaos’.
It has actually been a tremendous blessing to NOT be licensed until the end of January… because we NEEDED that time to deal with a lot of change, prepare physical accommodations, make major house repairs & emotionally work through a lot. God knew we needed more time, God knew things were coming down the pike that would require more physical, emotional & financial strain than we needed to have with new kids in our home. I can’t imagine how extra hard it would have been for kids to come into our home in the midst of all that ‘chaos’. I am so thankful that God’s timing is perfect, that His timing is best — because had the timing been my choice, my preference, we would have not been prepared, we would have struggled greatly.
Now there is no promise we will not still struggle, and the strain emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. could (and probably will) still be incredible. But thank The Lord, we have some of those things behind us. We are a little more prepared than we were. And thankfully God used this season of life to help remind us that His timing is good — and that He is trustworthy, that He is faithful.