Adoption: God At Work

God-At-WorkIn just over a week we will have our final hearing and our adoption will be complete. It is hard to believe that Max has been a part of our family for 6 months and we can’t imagine life without him with us.

In the short time he’s been with us, he’s made a remarkable impact on our family. Max has brought our family together in ways we didn’t anticipate. He has been accepted right away into the family by his siblings. They ask about him, buy stuff for him, make a special effort to see him and spend time with him (and us). He even his own hashtag on Twitter (#MaxMonday). God has used Max to make a difference in our family.

Max has been used to change us in ways we never would have imagined. Just over a week ago, we found out that Max’s birth father passed away unexpectedly. Due to some unique circumstances, Max’s birth father didn’t get the opportunity to meet his son. When we found out about his passing and the subsequent funeral arrangements, we felt like the right thing to do was attend the viewing. My wife and I felt it was important that his birth father’s relatives had the chance to meet him.

We certainly didn’t know what to expect when we arrived, but it was such a time of comfort and healing. The first person we saw was Max’s birth mother and she was grateful to see him. She carried him around and introduced him to other grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and even his great-grandfather. Max’s sweet disposition seemed to bring a sense of peace to the time of mourning.

Several family members and friends came up and thanked us for bringing him. We have been so grateful for Max being a part of our family that it seemed natural to share him with his biological family.

While we didn’t know the whole picture of what adoption would do for our family before we got Max, we never would have imagined this scene. I have to think that God is not done using Max’s story and life to tell His story of love and redemption. Our story is certainly not unique and we are thankful for what He is doing in our family and in the lives of others through adoption.

Chose You For You

My YouVersion reading has me in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy.  Moses is recalling what the Lord has done for the people and Israel is preparing to take possession of the Promised Land.

Moses reminds them of what God has done on their behalf and how, if they remain faithful to God, He will remain faithful to them.

In chapter 7, the people of God are reminded of why God picked them.  I think they are words we need to hear, too.

Deuteronomy 7:7-10:   7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

God did not love Israel because they were the biggest or the fastest or the strongest.  In fact, they were none of those things.  God loved them despite their shortcomings and was faithful to them.  The same is true for us – God doesn’t love us because of anything we do or are.  He has chosen to love us and will be faithful to continue to love us…to a thousand generations.

Reading these verses reminded me of a song I heard on the radio by JJ Heller. The chorus says, “I will love you for you.  Not for what you have done or what you will become.  I will love you for you.”

Good reminder that we are loved by God for who we are and our faithfulness to Him is a response of His faithfulness to us.