Imminent Arrival

There are some things you learn, and then you learn again. We’re finding that happens frequently in our parenting. Most challenging yet encouraging are the ways parenting has taught us to appreciate God’s relationship with us. All those times we can’t understand why our children won’t just listen to us and follow our direction…. God must feel the same way with me.

In addition to deeper understanding, we find lots of illustrations of biblical teaching and theology in life experiences. Right now, imminent is on our minds. With our third child due soon – really any day now – it’s our third time to understand what it’s like to know something will happen and expect it to happen soon, but not know when. Sooner seems better than later at this point.

While we’re waiting for this imminent event, we’ve taken a break from deputation meetings and are spending the time at home. The break has given us the chance to do more work on Chinese. Learning the phonetic symbols we’ll use in Taiwan for language study (see last post) has gone well, with the help of our friend Wendy. As we continue to practice that, we’re also trying to do more listening to train our ear to Chinese.

 Wendy let us borrow a language program cartoon that our daughter is enjoying a lot since she can follow the story through the actions. She’ll probably pick up the words faster than we will! The cartoon has a song about greetings, and the part that sticks in our minds the most is good morning – zao shang hao. We’re going around singing good morning all day.

So while we wait expectantly, we’ll keep on working.


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