I’m Adopted, Hallelujah!
Pro 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Perspective happens after you have adopted a child. A realization overwhelms you. It is not the normal realization you would think. Suddenly, or at least it seems suddenly, when actually it was a very long, long process…but actually, suddenly… no matter how much you prepare for how you are going to feel, it is even more than you could ever imagine.
My worries. Would I love this child like he were my own? I had biological children. I know what a parent/child relationship feels like. There is nothing in comparison. They are a part of you and no matter how you might try to separate and define that love…words never suffice. That is why we tell our children…”just wait ’til you have children of your own.” How would that love take shape. Would there be a difference because I did not physically birth this child?
The moment he was put in my arms… my heart said “This is our child.” And perhaps we understood a little more deeply that day God’s love for us, his adopted children.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
We understood that this child is at that moment, and from that moment forward, our son. The biology is not important, for where the genes fall short the heart bridges the gap. The months of dreaming of this day have created an overwhelming urge and instinct to cherish and protect.
And you rock this child, who looks at you with tender eyes, and you say softly: “I love you.”
We understood that day how God can take a sinner such as I am and love me as tenderly and fully as His own dear Son. We understood, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The fear was gone when we adopted our little girl. We knew our Father planned it all. We knew that when God leads your heart, he will fulfill the desire He gives.
We’d always been aware, during the early stages of the adoption process, of the Christian connections to adoption. But God in His mercy shared with us how much He loves us. What wondrous Grace!
So, when people ask our two little ones if they are adopted, they will proudly exclaim…Yes! Twice!
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
If we could love these children just as much as our biological children-with no difference; how much more does the Father in Heaven love us?
Adopting these children brought light where there were shadows about the security we have in Christ Jesus.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Doubts come to children who have been adopted. They wonder who they belong to. They will question whether the love of their parents is real. Grace revealed to these two, through adoption, who they belong to and that no man may pluck them out of His hand.
They accepted us as parents, through faith. They accepted Christ as Savior, through faith. Hallelujah!