The sad reality is that there are between 4.5 and 6 million orphans in Ethiopia who need families. When people ask me why we adopted our children I tell them that once we knew the tremendous need, God told us there was something we could do in response, we could make some of these children our own. They would be orphans no longer.
We read verses in the Bible like this:
Psalm 68:5,6b – A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.
Psalm 82:3 – Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
But here is the real “kicker” for me. This verse sits heavily on my heart:
“…Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act…” Proverbs 24:12
We were called to bring these children home. It wasn’t even a matter of our “choosing” to adopt, or even “choosing” our children, they were chosen for us by the Lord of heaven and earth who knew from the beginning of time that they would find their place in our family.
I am awed by this. Sometimes I ask myself, “Why these children? Why us?” There are millions of orphans in Ethiopia, but He chose Dimples, Eby, and Little Man, to be our children. There are millions of people capable of adopting children, but he called us. Did God really think I could be a good mother to ten children? Apparently He did and He strengthens me for the task, because it is the most important work I will ever do.
Last week I read this in my Elisabeth Elliot devotional:
Today we may find ourselves summoned to a task which we know is quite beyond us “Me, Lord?” we quaver, “Who am I?” God answers, “I am with you.”
I am incredibly thankful to God for bringing us this far on this journey. I wonder what He will do next?
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