One of my favorite stories in the Word, found in Matthew 12, is when JC is speaking to the people. His mother and brothers were asking to speak to him, but he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” JC gestured towards his disciples and replied, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
It blows my mind, that the *King himself (no, not Elvis), considers his followers as much of his family as his own birth mother and siblings. He loves us so much, that we literally become his family. No signatures needed, no oaths, no birth certificates, home studies, paper work, or stamps. Only His love and grace.
“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 2:38- 3:1
Bam that’s it. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God: and so we are!
As we have begun the process of adopting two brothers, I can’t help but wish it were that easy. If they could be my sons simply because I love them that much.
I am also reminded of my human limitations as we proceed with the adoption. There are currently 3 other older boys in the children’s home where our boys are living (and 30 younger children as well). I so badly want to take them all in, to the point of my heart aching and my stomach turning. Often I think of what it would be like to take in 5 children at once. Could we handle it emotionally? Financially how would we do it, especially having to fundraise and to take occasional trips back to the States? I know people on the field who have 7, 8, 9, 10 children, so I know it’s not impossible (no I’m not getting ready to announce that we are actually adopting 5 children:).
I am so thankful that our Father does not have worldly or humanly boundaries. There is no limitation to the number of people that He is able to adopt as sons or daughters into His Kingdom.
John 6:37 says: “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” All we have to do is come to Him.
He has no financial burdens. In Matthew 6, JC says:
“Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”….”But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you …”
He has no time constraints. We are able to come to Him at any time of any day, and we know that He is listening and responding.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
He has no cultural or language barriers and knows us intimately, even when we do not have the words to communicate with Him.
Matthew 10:30 says, “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered…”
The Lord told Jeremiah:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Romans 8:26 “… For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Honestly, I feel incapable and unprepared to parent two more children, especially ones who cannot communicate their emotional struggles and who have pains deeper than I can understand. Esther reminds me all the time how defeated I am, when I give her a warning not to do something and she points her little finger right back and tells me how it really is. But then the Father reminds through His Word, that He is in control. As Moses stood before Pharaoh, there was nothing powerful about his staff or eloquent about his words; as David stood up to Goliath with nothing but a sling shot; as Joshua led the Israelites around a stone wall there was nothing strategic about walking in a circle blasting trumpets; as Peter and John sat helplessly in prison while God sent angels to unlock their chains….we see all of their humanity and weaknesses, but we see even more the power of God working miracles through them.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Chr*st may rest upon me. For the sake of Chr*st, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
*see our post “What’s In a Name” under Our Story