Last night at church we watched a video about Psalm 23. In the video, we saw a group of sheep being led by a real shepherd in Israel. Ray Vanderlaan explained in the video that the shepherd, leads the sheep to enough grass to “fill their mouths.” That means that they get what they need for right now. The sheep don’t worry, because they know that when they need to eat again, the shepherd will know where to lead them to find food. The shepherd always leads them to safe water and food when it is time.
We want to be that kind of sheep to our Shepherd. We want to patiently and trustingly wait on the Shepherd to provide and care for us. We know that the Shepherd is leading us in this adoption process and He will provide for us as we need it. Yesterday, we got a call in response to the letters that we sent out. Another business in Dothan has written a check to sponsor our upcoming Taylor Mason show on November 18th at Harvest Church! That means that half of our expenses for the show have been provided for by Corporate Sponsors in Dothan!!!! God has provided! We still need $2000 to provide for the show, but we know that God will provide the grass we need as we need it! We are expecting that the money raised from the show will cover our money needed for Hungarian court and travel and expenses while in Hungary. We also need to make 3 more payments to Lifeline. But we know that God will lead us to the right place at the right time to meet our needs! If you would like to help, please see our Donate page or Donate Now button. We are also working on a puzzle piece fundraiser and will be able to share that with everyone very soon!
We have our last Home Study Visit tomorrow! Then the waiting begins for all of the government entities to process and approve our paperwork. That will be the hard part…….we have no control over that part. But again I am reminded of the sheep and the Shepherd. The Good Shepherd leads us to the right places at the right time. The Good Shepherd knows the land – He knows what is ahead. He knows where the good grass grows and He knows where the safe water is found. He knows where the rocks and cliffs are and keeps us safe when we listen for His voice and follow Him.
The video mentioned earlier also talked about how the sheep watch the shepherd’s feet. We are to watch the feet of Jesus and follow after Him. In the video, it showed how children (young girls) are the shepherdesses that walk behind the sheep and that young teenage boys (under-shepherds) go in front for the sheep to follow, but the father is usually standing nearby watching. The scripture says that God goes before us, behind us and around us. He is always watching and caring for us. One woman in the video said that she felt like the under-shepherd to her children. That she should be the example of the feet to follow for her own children. That is so true. God is entrusting these siblings to our care. What an honor and privileged! We have to walk in such a way that our children can imitate our feet to know and be like Jesus.
In the video, Ray Vanderlaan also took his group to see an Acacia tree. The Bible talks about a tree that is growing in the streams of water in Psalm 1. But Ray takes them to a tree in a dry valley. This area is flooded by water only during a heavy rain that runs down the mountain and fill the valley.
This doesn’t happen often, but it means that there is water running under the ground in this valley. This tree has tapped in to the underground water. There is not any visible water in this picture, but there is evidence of water! The tree is proof that it has tapped into a stream of water. Ray Vanderlaan explained in the video that we are to be the evidence that we are tapped into God. Our lives should be living proof of our loving God. We should be the fruit that extends to a dying world. What does that mean? For us, it means caring for the orphans. It means loving each other and loving those around us. It means sharing the love of God in tangible ways every day. It means that we sink our roots down deep in Father God and spend time knowing Him intimately and deeply. It means taking time each day to study with our Father and talk to our Father and walk with our Father. It means trusting and being steadfast in His Word. It means being a sacrificial example of His love every day. It means knowing how much Father God loves us. It means knowing Him and being known by Him.