My thoughts have been with our friend Melissa and her family this week, praying earnestly for her baby girl and for peace for her family. In the midst of my prayers and meditations, these thoughts came to me, to share with them. I later realized how much it spoke to me and my family, so I decided to share with you all.
Entering the process of adoption, particularly foreign adoption, there are many uncertainties, and as we have seen, unforseen issues. When these issues surface, and your family dynamics are suddenly pressed to the breaking point, you begin to wonder, "what have we done?" Fears arise, anxieties overwhelm you, and even feelings of doubt, and yes, even moments of regret. These are all the human aspects, or as the apostle Paul described, the flesh.
In these moments, these fearful, doubtful, anxious moments, keep these thoughts in mind:
When you and your spouse decide to adopt an orphan, you are giving God worship. It brings Him pleasure, because you are obedient to His command, to care for, tend to, provide for the orphans. The Old Testament says that, to God, obedience is better than sacrifice. This is the sacrifices of worship lined out in the Law. He sees your obedience to His command as pure, loving, God-centered worship. And in worship, He is pleased.
When you say "yes" to this child, to bring him or her home, God places His annointing on you. He places a promise to supply all of your needs according to his riches in His son Christ Jesus. These needs, the fears, doubts, worries, anxieties, He is more than capable, more than willing, more than desiring to meet your needs. God delights in worship, he delights in his children. He loves you.
The natural process of adoption, of bringing a new child into your home and family, this is stressful in and of itself. To have unforseen health problems that add to this, it can be overwhelming to the flesh. Remember, God knew this before it happened. He ordained you to be the parent of this orphaned child, and He WILL sustain you, uphold you, strengthen you, LOVE you, and meet your every need. Rest on His promises. Never fail to give Him your praise and worship.
We have seen the miraculous in the past few days. Many have been praying, fasting, and weeping over one of God's precious children. He has heard these prayers, no doubt. But I wholly believe He provided the way the moment these adoptive parents said "yes," to a child needing a family, and to a God who loves when His children are obedient to His commands.
Praise you Father for your love and affection for us! Praise you for your Son who paid the price for my soul, a price I could never pay. Praise you for the miracles we have seen and believe we will continue to see as You pour out Your Spirit on Your people in these last days. Praise be to God forever!