This is our first family of four picture. A sweet gift from SG, my oldest daughter. This was just after we became licensed to adopt. We had gone through many steps and we spoke to SG a lot about adoption and “little sister” along the way. We didn’t know for sure but called the room we had set up “little sister’s” room and prepared our daughter for a little sister someday. We told her we don’t know when, how old, or any details but that she was coming one day.
The day this picture was drawn I had a migraine and my daughter wanted to draw me a picture to cheer me up. She drew me this picture with little sister in it and said “Congratulations mommy”. That was on June 26. Little did I know less than a year later we would be in the process of adopting an actual live little sister, not just a picture. Between then and now we have had heartache, loss, and great joys in all that is involved with adoption. At one point we thought we were going to adopt two little boys, read about the day we found out we wouldn’t get them here. But through it all God had and still does have a plan. I feel like my daughter was in on it. Somehow God let her know before us because she has been speaking of and planning for little sister in ways that are just precious and beyond her years. One night at bedtime we were praying for the not yet known “little sister”. I told SG one day she would be a big sister and all the amazing ways that would bless her life. She said “mommy, I already am a big sister because little sister is out there somewhere, we just haven’t met her yet.” Such a true and accurate foreshadowing to today!
My mind can’t comprehend or process how amazing adoption is and how it is so intimately linked to God. Our adoption by God, into His family. Our inheritance of His Kingdom, His great love for us. We truly are His and He loves us so much. He loves us intimately, we are His children. “Because of our position in Christ, God now views us and treats us as He does His own Son – with infinite love.” John MacArthur. God really loves us and views us just as He does His own perfect Son Jesus Christ?! Yes! He does. When I held MK in my arms, the first day and every day since, when I look down at her with that explosion of love, not remembering when I didn’t love her, not seeing her as ever being separate from our family, and know that God loves me just as much and a million times more, wow. The redemptive power and beautiful picture of adoption is all over my house. I pray many hearts will be moved by God’s amazing love and adoption of us as His sons and daughters. And those same hearts would then be moved to see the lives of lost, abandoned, abused, neglected children all over the world redeemed to the glory of God!
“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”
Galatians 4:4-7 NASB
I can’t wait to hear the sweet word of “Mama” for the first time out of MK’s mouth. Can you image how pleased God is when a new son or daughter of His cries out “Abba Father” to Him as they put their faith in Christ for their salvation?! What a good Father we have. Praise Him for showing us the magnitude of love poured out in our adoption and may we multiply that in our own lives.
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