remedial training

March 13, 2009 at 11:31 am | Posted in devotional | 1 Comment
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Ever feel like at one point in time you really and truly did know something?   But then – a situation arises and you find out that you’re back at square one when it comes to having any wisdom about that subject at all!

That’s been happening to me lately.  In spite of all the amazing stuff God has done for us in this adoption process, I’ve begun to wonder (doubt) about whether or not the money we need for some unforeseen  expenses will be there or not.

Then, as I was listening to the book of Mark on tape the other day,  I heard the perfect story for me – It’s the story of Jesus in the boat with his friends told in Mark 8:14-21.

They were out in the boat after a long day and were headed out across the lake.   Jesus warned his friends to ‘beware of the yeast of the Pharisees’ and instead of grasping what he was telling them,  they leap to the conclusion that he was talking about actual bread and actual baking ingredients and the fact that they didn’t bring anything to eat on the boat.   They were whispering and squabbling amongst themselves and, of course, Jesus knew what they were talking about and he decided it was time for a review.   I can almost hear the weariness in his voice as he goes over the same ole, same ole one more time with this crew.

“Don’t you remember anything at all? When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”

“Twelve,” they said.

“And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”

“Seven,” they said.

“Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.

That seemed to be the exact same remedial training he had for me that day.    “Don’t you understand yet?” We reviewed the rich realities of all he’s done in this process to bring every, single resource as we needed it.     I even wrote the blog posts about it, so there’s no doubt I was familiar with each spectacular gift along with each one’s perfect timing. “Don’t you understand yet?”

And to prove his point with flair,  we recently discovered that Tague’s new company provides a reimbursement program for adoptive families.   His old one didn’t, so we never pursued that benefit.   Now that we’re under a new company with new rules, he checked into it and voila!   They are willing to grant us a pretty sizable chunk of change per child.   Actually – just about enough to cover the newly emerged, unforeseen expenses. “Don’t you understand yet?”

And there I sat, squabbling in the boat about bread!    The generosity and the provision of God is amazing – but today, while I’m thankful for those, I’m more aware of his keen patience and his willingness to reteach old lessons again and again when his disciples need a review.    Maybe this time I’m starting to understand.

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  1. Amen, Amen, Amen! Praising the Lord for His patience towards me as well!


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