One of the things I am thankful for on this adoption journey is the time it has given me to reflect on my own adoption into God's family. I remember my " gotcha date", Or forever family day",if you will. It was 1992 and I was an angry and alone teenager, up in my bedroom lost and desperate for anyone to help me. But I was not alone. I remember recalling the bible verse in Revelations "I stand and the door and knock....". and at that moment I made a decision to invite Christ into my life to clear up the mess around me. In an instant I was adopted into a new family. The family of God. Being in the adoption process has given me a deeper understanding of how much God loves us in order to have created a way for us to be adopted into his family. A new appreciation of the sacrifice he made to make that possible.
God offers to adopt us all. He doesn't have a specific gender or age preference, health checklist , country preference or limits on number of children that can be in the home. He will take us right now as we are, where ever we are . No waiting lists.He can provide for us all( and perfectly ).No home study requirements,dossiers to complete, salary requirements,back round checks or medicals needed.Our adoption is final the moment we accept the offer. We are given an eternal birth inheritance like no other.He has plans and hopes and dreams for us just like it states in Jeremiah 29:11"I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord".The ultimate PAP(potential adoptive parent) !
God has THE perfect adoption system going on.(us, not so much:)2 things I have thought of though are this...(1) God still gives us a choice. He does not take away our freewill in his adoption. Or stiff-arm us into anything. And (2) It comes at a price. God has paid this price by giving up his own son Jesus.I can't imagine as crazy and emotional and everything in between that this adoption journey can be , the sacrifice God had to make by giving up his own child to make my adoption possible.
There is no better way of describing God's love for us than through the picture of adoption. I can't imagine a better way to serve and show God's love to others than by the act of adopting. I am grateful to be on this journey:)and I am grateful to be adopted.