I believe earthly adoptions are really just a picture of what God did for us. Just as Lindsey is now legally and in every other way recognized as our daughter, we as Christians have been adopted by our heavenly Father and are now co-heirs with Christ.
“The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” ~ Romans 8:16-17
I am overwhelmingly convicted about the need for adoption — and recently I’ve become even more convinced of this reality. Experience has been teaching me how deeply children need permanence, how much they need the security of knowing they are protected, that they must be taught that love is not conditional upon their behavior. I’ve seen how greatly they need a mama and a daddy. I am in tears even as I type this because the need is so deep and so real.
Ken and I felt, even before Lindsey came into our life, that hers would probably not be our only adoption. We both feel strongly that God has called us to adopt again, and we are eager to see when that happens and who else He will bring into our lives. When I mentioned how completely convicted I was about caring for “the least of these,” adopting again was the biggest way God showed me that I am to do this. Ken is in complete agreement. So, we’re starting down the road of adoption again.
I saw this video on our friend’s blog recently, and I want to share it with you, too:
I don’t know if you have felt any nudgings from God about adoption, but I ask that you prayerfully consider what He would have you do. And I pray that you would be able “to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and width, height and depth” of God’s love for you. (See Ephesians 3:18)
Never forget: the God of the universe is madly in love with YOU.