I know it’s always National Something Month, but this one is near and dear to my heart. November also happens to be the month that I was standing in a Hobby Lobby with my girls and my mom when my phone rang.
“Heather, this is the call you’ve been waiting for. Your family has been matched to a baby boy.”
I know there were words spoken after that moment, but I honestly can’t recall most of them. My heart and mind were focused on what laid ahead. Yes, it signaled the end of a long journey to adopt, but it was also the beginning of forever with our little guy. We also knew it was the beginning of a road that we had not traveled before. We were jumping in with both feet, and arms surrendered but I would be lying if I said we were fearless and headstrong. We knew we were called. We also knew it probably wouldn’t be easy.
An adoption blog I follow posted this quote recently, “The struggle is part of the story.” YES! Why is the struggle viewed as bad? The struggle part is what keeps people from even trying. It may even cause them to give up before they reach the best part. Every good story has conflicts and a few plot twists, but it also has redemption and victory.
We hit some bumps and roadblocks in our journey to adoption. But with each trial we firmed our resolve to trust the Lord and love what had been entrusted to us. Without the valleys, we could never appreciate the mountaintops. Adoption is no different.
We’ve been told by many, “I could never do what you’re doing.” Possibly, but why?
Is it financial? Did you know that adopting foster children through the county costs you next to nothing? Children in the foster system also receive funds from the state to help with their care.
Is it fear? Are you afraid that your heart could be broken if something happens in the process? I would argue that a child is worth it.
Is it the unknown? I would urge you to trust.
We are all called to do something. Our something might be different from your something, but no one is called to ignore. I’ve heard it said that you can’t love Jesus and want to follow His word but leave out the command to care for orphans and widows.
Religion that is pure before God the Father is this: care for orphans and widows in their afflictions, and keep oneself unstained by the world.
Adoption is only one of the ways that you can help. Can you support organizations that are doing the difficult work? Can you offer to babysit for a family that is in the process of fostering or adopting or maybe bring that family a meal? Can you donate items that are needed for kids in the foster and adoption system? Maybe you can spend time mentoring the kids that are about to age out, or you could sponsor a child to go to summer camp.
The list of needs is long, but so is the list of those able to help.
Will you join me today and prayerfully consider how God would have you help the children of your community?
By His Grace,