If we made a top ten list of the things no adult ever wants to hear, I have a feeling “A pipe broke and there is water everywhere.” might just make the cut. That’s the text message we received from our sweet babysitter in late December. Thankfully we were only at another house on RVA’s campus, so we said hasty goodbyes, threw on our shoes, and dashed down the hill towards home. On our way, we tried to reassure ourselves that the babysitter was likely exaggerating, but those hopes quickly faded when we opened the front door.
A pipe in the dorm’s kitchen had broken and water was gushing out, covering up to 2” of the floor in parts of the kitchen and living room and staring to move down the hall into the bedrooms. Jared grabbed a flashlight and ran outside to find the water cut-off switch and then we set to work mopping up the mess. As we were cleaning, I was thinking of how timely our burst pipe had been. Granted, a flooded house is never exactly welcomed, but it had happened at a time when we were able to get to it quickly. If it had broken a few weeks before when we’d been in Tanzania or even just in the middle of the night, both the mess and the damage would have been significantly worse.
As I wrung out my mop and reflected on this, thanking the Lord for His good timing, Jesus reminded me of another situation in which His timing is perfect- the birth of our second child. You see, for the last twenty-eight months, Jared and I been trying to get pregnant. It’s been a rollercoaster journey of cautious hope, followed by disappointment month after month after month. I have cried buckets of tears as I begged God for another baby, rejoiced with countless friends as they got pregnant and had their babies, and laid awake wondering if Addilyn will ever have a sibling. But here we are, still waiting.
And yet, I’m choosing to trust. Choosing to trust that if He is mindful of the timing of a simple kitchen flood, He’s mindful of the timing of when or if our family grows. Choosing to trust that as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than my ways, and His thoughts higher than my thoughts (Isaiah 55:9) And to trust that even if He doesn’t give us another child, He is still good and He is still worthy of our praise.
Some days the trust comes easy and some days the flood feels overwhelming and the choice too difficult, and so we covet your prayers. Both for God to bless us with more children, but also for us to continually choose to trust and believe He is good regardless of the outcome.