"To bring the sacrifice of thanksgiving is to sacrifice our understanding of what's beneficial and thank God for everything - because He is benevolent. A sacrifice of thanks lays down our perspective and raises hands in praise anyways - always." A. Voskamp
Monday is Chinese New Year. I can honestly say that this is the first year that I ever paid attention to the date, which changes each year. We had hoped to receive our travel approval before the Chinese government shuts down for the holiday. We did not. That we didn't means that it will be yet longer before we get to go and pick up Ellie.
I understand fully that God "works all things together for the good of those who love Him". I know it may very well be in our best interests in a 1000 ways for us not to travel early in February as I had hoped (most recently - there were hopes for October, November, December and January as well). Still it is disappointing and the praise and thanksgiving I give just now is a bit of a sacrifice. (a small one albeit)