I've heard that only 3% of people who consider adopting actually do adopt, and the #1 reason that most of them never follow through is because they can't afford it. And it makes me sad. Because we couldn't afford our first adoption either. And yet, just this morning I snuggled on the couch with my sweet Indy, giggling and talking together, mother and son.
Adopted. Home. Forever my child.
When God placed adoption on our hearts He didn't say... "Check your bank account and see if you have enough money sitting in there, and if you can afford it, then will you care for the orphans?".
What God does say is that He has compassion for the fatherless, His love is beyond measure, His grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect in our weakness. What we can't do, He can! What we don't have, He does! If He tells us to take care of the orphan, He plans to take care of us, to supply the need, so that we can take care of the orphan. It's that simple.
Yes, He might ask us to choose our priorities... Spend our time at the shopping mall? Or spend our time organizing a garage sale, proceeds for adoption? Hang on to that dream of a beautiful home with that pool in the backyard? Or provide TB medication for a little boy who won't live long without it?
When we adopted the first time I remember reading somewhere... "Most of us have no hesitation to finance a home, many of us have no hesitation to finance a car, yet we hesitate to finance the life of a child?"
I'm not suggesting that we all finance our adoptions, but only suggesting that we question our priorities. And that we trust the One who has called us to step out in faith. If God plans to use your family to bring a child out of poverty and hardship, do you know that He is able to bring His plans to fruition regardless of the balance in your bank account?!
We can't afford adoption, not on our own, and I don't know where the money is coming from, but I know it will come, because God's heart is for the orphan! God's heart is for the poor, and the destitute, and the hurting, and the lonely.
When it is His will, He will make a way.
My heart is excited and eager to see Him make a way where there seems no way. To see Him move where we wait in stillness. To see His strength displayed in our weakness. He is able.
Shared from my heart ~ Stacy