Sunday, January 6, 2008

Is Adoption the Answer to Ethiopia's Problems? Part 3 of 3

Adoption Is Only Part of the Master Plan

All children are fearfully and wonderfully made. All for purpose, all with a plan, and all in God's time. Since we as adoptive parents are also children of the Most High, then he has a plan for us too.

Psalm 139
says that from the moment a child is formed in his mother's womb, God knows the child intimately. There is no height or depth; no distance, time, or darkness that can hide us from the plans that God has for us. In the scripture David talks about how overwhelming it is to know that God knew him so well and created him with a special plan and purpose in mind.

If you read Psalm 139 you will discover that it says that there is no hiding place, no way around the plan that God has ordained. So, that even a child in Ethiopia is not outside the will that God has on the child. And that I, here in America am not so far away that God cannot find a way to join us together.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139: 13-16

Some adoptive parents get caught up with or take issue with why the children are available, why the parents gave them up, whether or not the parents were fit or unfit. Some judge whether the parents reasons are good enough, whether they tried hard enough, or whether they might have found another option. I take no issue with the birth families. I love them for their strength and thank God for them daily.

It's easy for me because I believe that all the children are God's children and were created for his purpose. Children do not belong to us they come through us and are entrusted to us by God to care for and nurture until they fulfill His plan. I believe that the children in Ethiopia were always planned for me and for whatever reason they came into the world nurtured first by different parents until it was time for them to move from that place. That is why it is so easy to love them before ever knowing them. I could get lost in what, why, and how about the circumstances, but I decided to just trust God.

After writing this article I did a Google search on adopted children in the Bible. I found this great article that also uses the story of Moses to help a child better understand adoption. You can read the article.


graceling said...

Valarie, thanks so much for this great series of posts! I inhaled it!

I love what you write:
God called Moses to be a witness and a vessel, but not the savior. That's how I feel about this adoption.

Thanks for blessing me this morning!

Lori said...

Yes, yes, yes, LOVE IT!

Original Court Date: April 18, 2009
Final Court Date: May 18, 2009
[607 total days & 165 days w/IAN]