Monday, December 16, 2013

The Heart of the Matter (Day 28)

Quite a bit has happened since we last wrote on Friday, unfortunately however- nothing as it relates to E's ID. We learned today (after several emails and phone calls to our lawyer) that the reason we don't yet have an ID is because her fingerprint was flagged in the system (no, she's not a wanted criminal) but she did apparently have a "false ID" before. This is something that was likely generated for her on behalf of the orphanage so that she could receive medical treatment, etc when needed. So, now that they've researched this, her old ID has been cancelled and once the ID office's attorney and chief of the office sign off, a new one can be generated. That may have happened today- except for the fact that said attorney was.... Out sick. What a bummer! 

Our Attorney (Karina) was instructed to be at that particular office at 11 AM tomorrow to see if these two signatures have been inked on the appropriate lines. Then, she can begin to push to have the ID generated by early afternoon, God-Willing. Once that is done, we can go straight to the passport office to get her passport. That part should happen rather quickly, as a general rule it can be made within a matter of hours. 

Here's what's cool- yesterday, David and Lala (our gracious hosts) had a get-together for their small group. It was a "going away" sort of gathering since they're moving back to the US on Wednesday/Thursday. Well, they were gracious enough to invite us (we offered to bug-off for the afternoon), and their group welcomed us with open arms. They've known about us as prayer requests were shared with them over the past few weeks/months regarding our journey. Anyhow, my point- one of the gentleman in the group "just-so-happens" (Providence) to know one of the directors in the local Passport office. So, once we're ready for that step- we're to let him know and hopefully we will receive  a "fast-pass" to get her Passport even quicker than the standard issue time-frame. (There's a whole lot more to the story behind the members of this small group, no time to share here but just know God has done amazing things in each of their lives over the last 8-9 months and it was encouraging to hear such awesome stories.) 

In closing, Friday honestly was tough. We're SO close to being done and yet...NOTHING is happening (or so it seems). Add to that the stress of trying to sell a house (in one city) finding a place to live (in another), and preparing to move...all within the next 2-3 weeks, and I'm about to keel over in pain just thinking about it. We decided to get out and walk, just to get some fresh air and as I was thinking...praying...(letting God have it)... A song came to mind. I was more curious about the reason behind the song, more than the lyric itself and did some research. See, Matt Redman may have penned these words for a slightly different reason, yet the heart of the matter is this- distraction. I live my life...distracted with the shiny things. Lord, forgive me. 

Do you ever get distracted with the 'good things' in life that aren't the 'best things'? Here's part of the song- 
I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
It's all about You, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You
It's all about You, Jesus

So what all has changed since our last post? Our heart and perspective...hopefully. 

Please keep us in your prayers. 

Soli Deo gloria 

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