Parents of two families who’ve adopted from overseas.
I love it. And believe it or not, I don’t just love the look of a lot of kids from other cultures being under our roof. I’m more in love with the stories.
When I looked at each one individually, I thought, “What would this child look like if they hadn’t been adopted?”
For two of them at least, one of them ours and the other from another family, I’m sure they would’ve been dead. Sure of it.
“Oh, come on, Anthony,” you might say. “How can you be so presumptuous?!”
I could be wrong and you could be right. I’m often wrong. I’ll tell you that off the bat. I found out, though, that as the years passed when I was a hospice chaplain, I sort of had a sense when someone was bad off. It wasn’t necessarily a supernatural thing. It came with the job through experience, which is a good thing, since I was able to minister to patients and their families with more sensitivity when the time drew close.
I wonder how many of you out there in the blogosphere also adopted a child who was in a shocking condition. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard of families who got on a plane, thinking their child merely had a mild condition, but soon learned that they weren’t in Kansas anymore. There was something more serious about their new child’s health condition than they were told.
For those of you who are considering adopting for the first time, and you’re intimidated at the thought of being surprised once you’re overseas, let not your hearts be troubled.
On behalf of countless families who have been-there-done-that, let me assure you, that God is with you. THIS DOES NOT TAKE GOD BY SURPRISE. God trusts you to step into the unknown. How truly courageous you are for the Father’s kingdom! You are stepping into the world of the humanly unknown, but the heavenly been-there-done-that!
God has been there and He has done that, before you’ve ever stepped foot onto a plane. Take comfort in that, valiant warrior, for that is what you are.
Just as God used that name to call out Gideon—valiant warrior—He calls you out. And when He calls you out to step into the humanly unknown, receive His peace and His strength and His grace. Even you and me—of the least tribe in the least clan and the least in the clan.
What you lack, He provides. So get on that plane. You just might save a life. And what is that worth to you and to our loving Savior?
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.
~1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message)