Monday, September 13, 2010

Why Adopt (Again)?

To put it simply: it's what God has called us to do.  As it says in Proverbs 24:12, "Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.  God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act."  It's true.  Not just in adoption, but in every part of what Christ calls us to.  If we read and study His Word, follow the path He lays before us, and seek Him with all our heart, mind, and soul, He will open our eyes anew.  He will reveal fresh revelations to us, day by day, for our entire walk of faith with Him.  It's an awesome promise He makes to us, and frankly, it thrills me. 

Here's the catch - once we know something, we can't go back.  We can no longer claim ignorance and say we just didn't know.  When He reveals to us a new truth, it's usually not just for our benefit.  He wants us to use it, put it into practice, and it's always to bring Him glory.

So you see, when people ask why adopt again, it's because our eyes have been opened to this awful fact that 147 million children are nameless.  They have no one to call them their own.  They are alone, afraid, and at risk.  And we have come face to face with these facts.  I have seen their faces, their pleading and longing eyes.  No, I cannot adopt 147 million, but I can bring another home. 

I was reading on another adoption blog this evening about how the shear cost scares so many away from adoption.  Her friend replied, "How poor is your God?"

We do not deserve your help and support.  Just like the grace He so freely gives to us, we have done nothing to merit it.  But it brings great hope and peace to my soul to know that I serve an all-powerful, sovereign God who has infinite resources at His disposal. 

At the end of the day, this will be about Him, not us.  There will be one less bed filled in the orphanage.  One less victory for the enemy.  And hopefully, one more child in the kingdom of God. 


Julia said...

Amazing blog post. You guys are such an inspiration and I wish you luck!

Jana said...

Oh Sarah, that was SOOO well said! You know you were a huge inspiration to us in our decision, so not only will you personally have made a difference for two children, but indirectly ours as well...what a wonderful way to glorify Him! :)

Pigtail Momma said...

Sarah, what a beautiful post. Just beautiful!

Annie said...

Oh, I'm teary. Beautiful words! I can't wait to meet this very lucky baby!

Jennifer said...

I loved reading this post...thank you for writing it!