Recently my wife adopted my 11 month old great-nephew. Oh my goodness is that kid cute! Just a precious child who ended up in our home because of circumstances beyond his control.
I had always heard that there really isn't anything quite like adoption to help you better understand the Lord. I would have to agree! When you have kids, we get the truest sense of what it’s like to love something more than yourself. Adoption, I believe, actually takes that to a whole new level.
With my kids, I naturally love them beyond measure simply because they are my own flesh and blood. With adoption, I have a choice to love a child that is not my flesh and blood in the same way I love my own kids. That’s where God really fits in. I believe he’s wired into us with the ability to do just that and not only the ability but the desire to do it. The fact that you could love another persons child as much as your own is truly a miracle.
For believers, we understand that God has adopted us into his family and he loves each of us as much as he loves his own son. If you think about that, that’s a miracle too. The gospel is all about adoption at it’s core. The love of God is so strong that he gave up his son so that he could adopt you and me. You see, in adoption, one person has to give up something in order for another person to receive it. This is where sorrow turns to joy, disappointment to fulfillment and loss turns to gain. Adoption is a gift of epic proportion and the outcome of it changes the lives of everyone involved. Sounds a lot like how the gospel works in the lives of people who receive it.
Another cool thing about this adoption is that I get the opportunity to pour into this child who God is and the amazing plan he has for his life. I get the opportunity to lead this child in the way that he should go and hopefully someday he will be an amazing man of God. Maybe he’ll be the next Billy Graham? I can always dream can’t I? Regardless, I feel that God has a very special plan for this little boy and I’m just humbled that I get to be the one who leads him as his journey.
That’s the miracle and gift of adoption!