I'm so encouraged by the amount of people that prayed for me today. Some people even got up at 2 a.m. to pray during my 9 a.m. meeting here. I really seriously am blessed to have friends and family like y'all. (Yes, I can't wait to be back where that is considered a valid word)
God was good to answer some of those prayers today. I was extrememely anxious about what I was going to say in the meeting. I didn't know what to expect and more than anything I didn't want to jeapordize my kids...or get thrown in jail. You just never know in Africa.
My friend Megan took me to the office and we waited for over an hour. Then we were told that the boss was in court and would have to meet later. In the hallway I ran into Keira's biological father--slightly awkward. He was called by Elizabeth too, but wasn't sure why. So Megan and I ran some errands and just waited for a call. I was told to come by again at 2 p.m.
Megan had to go to pick up her kids from school so I waited at the mall across the street until 2. I tried to eat lunch but was still a little anxious and wondering if I was just making too big of a deal of the whole thing.
I just kept praying for peace and the right words to say. So would you believe that when I walked into the office I wasn't even nervous? God gave me a peace that I truly can't even explain. I showed no emotion--which I was told would only make things worse if I did. I just stated the facts. It turns out too that I ended up meeting with a different boss which probably was a good thing. He was much more professional and even though I still had to apologize very formally and everything for the misunderstanding, he heard me out and listened to my frutrations as well. He said that he has instructed Elizabeth to finish as quickly as possible because she's been reassigned and he needs her to move on. So in fact she said she would go to the police station for Evolet's report tonight after work. We'll see if that happens. I gave Elizabeth a kit-kat bar (the woman's a chocoholic bigtime) and it seems that for now we are back in a position where we can communicate again, but hopefully she knows that I'm serious about her doing her job.
Keira's dad was asked to come in because--get this--Elizabeth lost the consent forms he signed months ago and needed him to sign new ones. So that meant that I had to take them to the magistrate's court to get them signed again. It was kind of a ridiculous day really, but I can see ways that the Lord is moving and I am so thankful.
My lawyer got back to me--finally. He's been out of town and now that this storm has passed he's decided to resurface. I really felt like I needed him to be present the last couple of days, but I also know that everything is going according to God's plan so I won't complain. It can't be a coincidence that he only got back to me five minutes AFTER this meeting was finished. God obviously didn't want him there. Anyway, we are supposed to meet tomorrow so I can pass off some of this paperwork for him to start filing.
I really do believe that God is fighting for us. The ways may seem small and we're still waiting for tangible evidence that will calm our hearts more, but I know that he is with me and I know that He is getting ready to display his glory in a way that I don't understand now, but I would choose if I could see into the future. I wouldn't have chosen for things to be this hard, but I trust him and I know He's good.
Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for God's sustaining Grace. It is no small matter that I am in the middle of a battle that is more than flesh and blood--more than anything I can fight in my own strength. A friend posted this on my facebook wall and it has offered so much encouragement to my heart lately.
O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror. -Psalm 10:17-18