While here we are staying with someone I consider my Alaska Mother! She is a beautiful woman of God who we met years ago while living here. We attended the same church. When she had surgery, we helped her around the house and God formed such a beautiful bond. Even while living in Texas, we call her regularly and pray with her, encourage her and just remind her she is loved.
In her home, she has many photos of her daughter’s and grandchildren. When her daughter’s were little girls, she and her husband adopted them. Two beautiful Alaska native children somehow found a mommy in this sweet woman from (wait for it) Texas! And even the same city I was born in! How about that for God’s planning?
I don’t remember the story of how or why these little girls needed new parents. I do know that right after they were adopted, it was no longer legal for a native child to be adopted into a white family. While looking at photos of them as little girls last night, the Lord reminded me of the treasure of adoption.
This morning, as I lay awake pondering and praying, I’m reminded of the bride to be…she and her brother were adopted as well.
Revelation 2: Adoption
God knows our situations long before we could possibly know. He had the parents picked out for these four children long before they could ever think or understand they would need a new mom and dad.
In the same way, God made a plan and a way for each of us to be adopted into the Kingdom of Heaven…a way for the fatherless to now have a Father! He made a way for us to be sons and daughters of God.
Not all of the four adopted children (now adults) have the best relationships with the parents. Not all four have a relationship with the Lord. Even those of us who carry the name of Christ sometimes make choices that don’t reflect the Christian upbringing we had/have. But, the parents I mention love their children and pray for them daily to return to right relationships with God and others. By the way, right relationships start with God.
As they painfully wait for their children, God lovingly waits for His to take on His name…to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and be saved from sin and death and take their rightful place as a son or daughter of God.
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Romans 8:12-17 NKJV
Her prayer for her children.