As we wait for the Lord to place a child in our arms it makes us reflect on the spiritual component of waiting. Throughout our lives we all have to wait for something. We wait patiently in line at the store, we wait for Christmas to come for that special gift, or we wait for a loved one to return home from being away. The feeling of waiting to be chosen as birth parents has something powerfully unique about it. The word “longing” fits perfect. When you long for something, you wait from your heart – and not your head. There is a space inside of you just waiting to be filled.
It’s not a painful longing. It is a sustained excitement and wonder intensified by the love we have for the soul we wait to meet. The immeasurable gift of God’s creation teamed with the intensity of knowing the special role the Holy Spirit plays in the building of our family. In His love, He adopts to us a unique soul, just as one is adopted into every family whether through the agency or through the womb.
The way this song speaks to our adoption and our longing is immeasurable. In the following song Bethany Dillon speaks of waiting on the Lord.
“Lord, today You know what I need to do, But You can do more in my waiting than in my doing I could do.”