Thy will be done

With adoption continuing to move forward and fears continuing to loom, I still find myself questioning “Is this really what God wants for our family?” “Is this really His will for us?” For it’s certainly not what I had planned out.
Most of us would say we want God’s will for our lives. But what if that will is to take us through tragedy to gain our trust? Or what if it means walking through pain to get closer to His heart? Would we really want that…Really?

Last night I was talking with a friend about some of my fears and questions about this thing God has asked us to do, she was so kind, listening and working through it all with me. Then she said, “It’s just so hard because first and foremost you’re a mom to the two children He’s already given you.”
And the words came tumbling out, aching but firm, and I couldn’t have grabbed them even if I’d wanted to because they weren’t my own…
“No. That’s not true,” I said (heart breaking, hands hurting from grasping for control of my own life, which is not my own), “I am and always will be, first and foremost, a child of God. He always comes first. Before I’m a mother or a wife or a sister or a daughter or a friend–I am a child of the King. And I’m called to obey. So if he asks me to do something, what else can I say but ‘Yes’?”

The words of the hymn “In the Garden,”echo in my head strong and pure…

I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.”

So today, as I prayed, asking God for wisdom and a word of encouragement, I should not have been surprised when He gave me Colossians 3:23. Because when I looked it up, I was humbled when I saw the words…

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

When you enter this the world, it’s you and Him. When you depart, it’s you and Him. And when you fold shirts and make meals and buy milk and drive and shower and talk and breath…it’s still ultimately about you and Him.
Because if it’s not, then why are you doing it at all?

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5 thoughts on “Thy will be done

  1. So thankful for our friendship. Love your perspective. Love reading your posts, even though I don’t comment much at all. But I do read. Every one. And b/c God has placed this desire on yours and B’s hearts, I know He will use it to stretch you and make you an even better child of His, daughter, wife, mom, sister, teacher, piano-playing, singing, full of joy woman that you are!! xoxo

  2. What a beautiful response the Holy Spirit put upon your heart! Truly, the only thing in this world that we can claim as our own is Jesus, yet he promises that when we forsake everything else for Him, he will also give us all things. Shannon, I KNOW He is proud of you and he wants to bless you, not only in heaven, but in the here and now. Your faithfulness, even if it takes you down a road of heartache has not been forgotten or overlooked. He collects every tear you cry. We are like the man Jesus met who crys out, “Lord, I believe! Help me with my unbelief!” My heart is full of love for you, and I will pray for you daily.

  3. Shan- I think its a beautiful thing God has called you to do. And yes, it’s an undeniable truth that sometimes we will suffer through obedience. But so did Jesus. You have my commitment to pray, for you and B in this situation, all the way through.

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