Oh precious friends–I am having one of those days! The days when my heart is so burdened, so heavy. The amazing thing about the glorious Body of Christ is that the Father gives each of us a passion for something different. When we step out and do something about what is on our hearts, we literally make a world of difference, right? Being the hands and feet of Jesus to a world in need. I guess our only responsibility is to do something, not just sit back and assume that others will take care of the problem. Being the church, not just doing church.
So here I am–burdened! For orphans. Truthfully, my head and my heart just cannot get around it….all 143 MILLION of those who wait.
How can that possibly be?
I know I shouldn’t do it–waiting child websites should be a no-go zone for me. But I just can’t help it. Seeing those precious faces brings me to my knees, begging God for a solution to an overwhelming disaster. I look at the hundreds and thousands of children available for adoption, and my heart breaks…
Why are they waiting?
Who will love them as their own?
Who will love them just the way they are? Fearfully and wonderfully made!
Surely someone will go?
Who will tuck them into bed at night and tell them, ” I love you, sweet one. I am so blessed God sent me to be your mommy”…….
You will NEVER have to sleep in a cold, metal crib again!
You will be clothed in clean clothes, have many shoes to wear on your sweet feet. And, you can raise your hands and praise your Father in heaven all the days of your life–for He has delivered you.
Precious child who waits for a family–your Daddy in heaven promises you this today……
“I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU AS ORPHANS, I WILL COME TO YOU” John 14:18
Yes, I am burdened. I know that there probably will not be a solution to the orphan crisis this side of heaven. I know that some day all the tears of these precious little children will be wiped away. But, what about the here and now? I long, with all my heart, to see more families GO. Please hear my heart–I know that adoption is not for everyone. I completely understand that. But, just maybe, fear (of finances, bonding, attachment issues, paying for college, other kids in the family, supporting an extra child etc) keeps us from experiencing ALL that God has for us? Fear does keep us in the boat–in the safe place. When really, the blessing is in walking on water. Will it be scary? Yes. Frightening? Probably. But oh the blessings–words can never describe the blessings of being right in the center of God’s will for our lives.
For the last few days I have had a song on my heart. At first I could not figure out why the Lord had given me this song (I had only ever sung it once in church a while back, so it was not one of my ‘favorites’ that I sing all the time. I only knew one line of the song). But, now I get it–it really is ALL about obedience to the Father. How far are we willing to step out of our comfort zones when He says “Go”. How many times have I let fear of the unknowns keep me in the boat? How many times have I let fear keep me from experiencing all that God has for me, and my family? So many times, no doubt. We humans, it is such a natural thing to take the easy way out, but there really is nothing easy about taking the road less traveled–God’s way!
Please take five minutes and listen to this–you will be challenged and encouraged.
I believe with all my heart that God is raising up an army of crazy people to do the ridiculous. Many believe we are living in the end times–we agree! We sense that more than ever God is looking for those who are willing to ‘step out on the water, when they say it can’t be done’. God is seeking out those who will serve Him with reckless abandonment. And when God calls them to the fire–He will NEVER withdraw His hand from them. They will gaze into the flames and see Him there. The lyrics of that song, If You Say Go, are absolutely incredible. It’s time to walk on water, friends–keeping our eyes fixed on the One waiting on the other side. It is so absolutely worth it.
Yes, I am burdened, but filled with a passion and a desire to do everything I possibly can to make a difference in the life of a child. If He says Go–I WILL GO! The comfortable life, the easy road–well, it just doesn’t work for me anymore. It will never bring me satisfaction. I’m watching and waiting, listening for that still, small voice to say “GO!”