A particular verse has been circling my mind since we received the news about M’s court date…
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by faith. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
D. A. Carson says this about the latter part of the verse: “This is simply marvelous. Assuming Christians will develop such wholesome and spiritually minded purposes, Paul now prays that God Himself may take these purposes and so work them out as to bring them to fruition, to fulfillment. The truth is that unless God works in us and through us, unless God empowers these good purposes of ours, they will not engender any enduring spiritual fruit; they will not display any life-transforming, people changing power…we must intercede with God that He, by His great power, might bring these good purposes, these faith-prompted acts, to bountiful fruitfulness” (A Call to Spiritual Reformation, pp 56-57).
Without question, the decision to adopt M was an act prompted by faith. Kevin and I began our adoption journey with the intention of bringing home one baby girl from Ethiopia. Magnificently, the Lord used the precious life of Baby Max-Abush to open our hearts to adopting a baby boy instead. While waiting on a second referral for a baby boy, God turned our eyes to a picture of a four-year old boy who was waiting for a family. Something about the picture struck a chord in my heart and for two days, I could think of nothing but this little boy. “Surely God would not call us to something this crazy, right?” “People will think we are nuts…two kids at the same time?” “We would be interrupting the birth order and making Molly Kate a middle child…that’s insane!” “How will we afford it?” All of these questions and many other doubts battled in my mind. But the Lord continued to tug at my heart and His promises kept speaking louder than the doubts.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
- Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
- And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
- A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely;
And as Kevin and I began even slowly opening up our hearts to the possibility, it seemed God was making more and more clear that this was one of the children He intended for us to adopt. The decision had to be made somewhat quickly because we also received our referral for W and didn’t want to wait too long for our agency to file his papers with the courts. We also knew if we were going to adopt both, we wanted them filed together in hopes of only making one trip to pick them up. So we prayed earnestly, sought much wise counsel and after many discussions, finally aligned ourselves with what we believe God was purposing in our hearts and decided to adopt M.
Now, over 11 months later, as I pray for God to make this five-year old boy a part of our family, I believe I can confidently ask Him to fullfill this good purpose, this act that was entirely prompted by faith. He began this adoption, not us, and I trust Him entirely to complete it. How now shall I pray as we approach this 5th court date that lands in our 12th month of waiting on this little boy to come home? I shall pray boldly, humbly and faithfully that God, in His glorious power, will fulfill our good purpose to make this boy our son and that by doing so, He will be exalted and glorified. And I pray that the final fulfillment of this faith-prompted act would be M coming to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior…that would be “bountiful fruitfulness”!