My friend Amanda recently shared this blog with me, it is a friend of a friend’s.
I read it, I watched the video, I cried. It makes me realize again how big the world is (outside of this spoiled country we live in-sorry, but lately I’m getting a bit frustrated). This family has adopted an abandoned baby from Ethiopia, who would have probably grown up in a orphanage without them (at best). He will now grow up to be and do anything his little heart desires. He will know the love of God, and of parents. I followed their link to another friend who had recently adopted from Ethiopia, and then to the Gladney Adoptive services. Stu and I have always toyed around with the idea of adopting (I don’t care where, internationally and domestically there are children who need homes), or foster-care. I’m not saying I’m big enough to do it yet (I really believe Stu’s heart is in it more than mine). But I pray about it alot. It is an amazing gift, and truly selfless.
This is something Stu and I have discussed alot since we had Blake. We used to debate the idea of why we have children. I could get more into that debate, but I don’t have time. What we have realized is that God has given us children as His greatest gift. Not for the reasons we used to think. I think that the parent-child relationship is the closest God can come to showing how he feels about us. The love a mother or father feels for their child is overwhelming; the sacrifices I would be willing to make for Blake’s well-being are endless- all the way to death. Before my child was born, I did not understand what it would be like to truly give in to myself. Imagine that this is only a small, small glimpse of the overwhelming love God feels for us, His children. Also imagine Him watching us (believers and non- because even if you don’t believe in Him, he considers you His child), bumbling around trying to decipher right from wrong, which direction to turn, how to find happiness, and rarely asking for help (unless it’s an emergency, of course). He must look at us like we look at our children. From infancy we are trying to keep them from doing things that will cause them harm. Don’t put that penny in your mouth, you’ll choke. Don’t go near the stairs, you’ll fall. But eventually a parent will not be able to control their actions. We all have free will. And just as a parent watches their children, wringing their hands, hoping they do what’s best for them, God watches us. Hoping that we’ll do what’s best for us. Hoping we’ll turn to Him for help.
I’ll wrap this up with the scripture verse that is on Alix’s facebook page:
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
1 John 3:1