Our journey in obtaining our Residency cards has been a long and difficult one. It has taken one year and much time and effort. I kinda feel like Sam and Frodo at the end of The Return of the King, where they are sitting on the rock, surrounded by lava, and all they can do is breathe a sigh of relief. The burden that they have been carrying for so long has finally been lifted. It was that same feeling of relief when we walked out of that office this last time. We must not forget that God played a major part in this and answered some very specific prayers and some general ones that gave us our visas. For example, I asked people to pray that progress would be made (of some kind) and that we would be able to put loves on people. God answered both of those requests. I don’t know about you, but this test proved, once again, that the God I serve is more powerful than anyone or anything else. I must say that I was overwhelmed by the way God answered our prayers and got everyone, including me, into the system. Getting me into the system was a miracle in and of itself. (As we attempted to get me a Temporary Residency card, we kept meeting more and more roadblocks.)
Dealing with the government agency in charge of granting Visas and Residency has taught me several things that I would like to share with you. First and foremost, it has taught me to trust God like I depend on it (because I really do). Secondly, it has taught me to pray. Not just for me and my family, but also for all the other people I see in the waiting room. Thirdly, it has strengthened my faith by giving me more examples of God’s love and providence for His people.
My challenge to you is to keep persevering, no matter what the task. Maybe you are having troubles in your marriage, or your boss is annoying, or maybe it is just doing the same old chores that you have to do every day (like laundry, dishes, and making dinner). But more importantly, don’t just persevere, ask God to help you do it.