So I thought blogging about our adoption journey and the orphans would be a piece of cake since we are so excited and just have so much love for these kids. The reality is that stepping into this world is hard and sad and difficult. For every beautiful story and happy ending, it seems there are hundreds of heartbreaking and difficult stories. Take the family who committed to taking that tremendous leap of faith once again, only to find out that they are not approved because they have too many children with special needs, or the family in a mad race to rescue the child of their hearts, only to find out they are not in time and their child went home to the Lord instead. The thousands and thousands and thousands of children, all over the world, who merely exist without love or food or medicine or stimulation or a family, break my heart a million times over. Why do we have so much when these poor innocent children really have nothing. How can we give to them? And the heartbreak doesn’t end with the orphans. At every turn there is tragedy and suffering and injustice. Families in our own country without jobs and facing an uncertain future, tragic accidents, natural disasters and loss are almost constant blows for all of us. The pain and brokenness is overwhelming and yet we are called to live with JOY. As Christians we need to be light to the world and through our relationship with Jesus should possess the peace that passes all understanding, but sometimes that feels like a really tall order. It would be all too easy to throw our hands up and retreat. It would be little more than instinct sometimes to run for shelter. But to where should we run??
Luckily there is HOPE that conquers the fallen world we live in. We don’t have to shoulder the world’s pain and burden. We don’t have to mitigate the evil that surrounds us. What we do have to do is TRUST in Jesus the savior, despite our pain and sorrow and fear. His Love can heal the whole world and each of us is called to be a vessel of that saving and healing love. We can trust with Joy in the sovereignty and providence of Almighty God. He has every single orphan and every person who is hungry or homeless or oppressed or afraid in His sights and has a plan of salvation for each and every one.
In the face of overwhelming pain it can be tempting to question our purpose. Many who suffer wonder what is the point of life at all? And while that answer may not always be the feel-good remedy the world demands, we can rest assured that there is an answer. There is absolutely, without doubt, a tremendous and worthy purpose and point for every living soul God has created. We are wonderfully and fearfully made, on purpose, for a purpose, in God’s own image and likeness. We have gifts and graces to carry out our purpose and need not fear because we belong to the ruler of all that is good and holy and righteous. The same is true of the orphans who wither away in their institutions neglected and unwanted. They are worthy and necessary and God has a divine plan for all of them.
There are nearly a million orphans in the world and we are racing to rescue just one. It could be tempting to throw our hands up and say, “what is the point?” Tempting, as the evil one would have it. But that sure wouldn’t be the kind of Love that saves anyone, and least of all, ourselves. We are called to Love like Christ, wherever we are, and in every small way that we can. This is the path to sainthood that has been paved for each of us.
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Mother Theresa
So we are racing to bring home one little boy. We are racing to Nicholas despite crazy schedules and overwhelming responsibilities. We will not, could never, save the world. That is for God to figure out, but this one small thing we can do for HIM.
We are simply racing to Love.
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