I ran into a friend last night that I haven’t seen in a while. I was so surprised and happy when she told me that her family was adopting from the Philippines. I was surprised because I never even realized they were considering adoption. She explained that they had been thinking about it for a few years. Her and her husband agreed on the Philippines. They both wanted a healthy girl. Neither wanted a baby. So far, so good. But when it came to the age of the child, she was leaning towards 4 or 5 years old, while he was thinking more like 10 or 11. He jokingly said to her, “God will probably send us both!” (insert laughter) Funny guy.
Three weeks after their initial contact with the agency, they got a picture with a note that said, “How about FOUR healthy girls?” Yes, four. That God – He always has to get the last laugh, doesn’t he?
Hopefully by the end of the year, these four precious girls will travel a world away to begin their happily ever after.
I went to bed with a happy heart, thinking how brave this family is. To be honest, I was thinking they must REALLY love kids if they are willing to take on FOUR at a time. And that, folks, is when God spoke to me. Let me clarify that He doesn’t “speak” to me often. Sometimes He hits me up side the head or smacks with in the face with stuff. In His defense, He probably tries to speak to me before resorting to drastic measures, but I haven’t quite grasped the whole BE STILL concept and I’m not a good listener. I tend to be more of a talker. I’m a work in progress. Anywho… That’s when God said this –
It’s not about how much they love kids – it’s about how much they love ME.
I know I was called to adopt. It was one of drastic measures kind of things that God resorted to. He smacked me in the face with a couple of brown baby girls. (You can read that story here )
So here’s my question to you - are you being called to adopt and you’re just not listening? Have you ever even thought about it? Do me a favor. Take out a piece of paper and make two columns. In one column, write down the reasons you SHOULD adopt. In the other column, write down the reasons you SHOULDN’T. Now, take that piece of paper and rip it into a million pieces. It’s worthless. Ask HIM if He wants you to adopt. Don’t try to be logical. Logic doesn’t always equal God’s Will.
All I’m asking is that you open your heart. God will take care of the rest.