Thursday, May 31, 2007

"The Perfect Adoption"


Months ago a family I am close to adopted a baby from China. Over these past several months I have the joy in watching the little one grow into a sweet little child filled with so much happiness and sense of security. One look at this child will brighten anyone's day as God gave her the biggest, toothiest grin I've seen!

As time has passed, I find myself forgetting that she was even adopted! Clearly to anyone she appears Chinese, but the more I see her, the less I see Chinese and the more I see her adoptive family. I see her mother's big smile and her father's tastes for veggies-over-sweets. I also see how she captures her older brothers heart and he longs to always protect her. What a sweet, loving family they are! This got me thinking about my very own adoption. I am adopted too.

In January 2000, God called me to Himself and the adoption papers where signed! Suddenly I was filled with a great sense of security that "surpasses all understanding." God's Word says, "....but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15)." Just as the child begins to recognize that her Mommy and Daddy are her's forever and if she calls out to them, they will answer, God does the same for me! When I cry out, "Father", He is there! Praise the Lord that He chose me as His daughter!

Since God adopted me into His family, things have changed so much! I constantly have to examine myself. When people look at me, what do they see? Do they see the world, my old "family"....or do they see Christ, my new family? Oh how I desire to be like the small child and grow to look more like my Father!

Father.......only a son and a daughter can call their Father, "Father". Can you call God, "Father"?

Have you been adopted into God's Family?

8 comments:

Mrs. U said...

This is soooo sweet!!! Being the mother of a Chinese born baby, I REALLY love this post!! I'm sure your this family you are friends with would love to read it!! :)

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE what you wrote about us being adopted by the Lord!!! Isn't it awesome how He does that! And just because He wants to!!! What a wonderful God we serve!

His,
Mrs. U

Anonymous said...

I am so happy and thankful to say that I have also been "adopted" into the family of God :)
And Im so glad your my "sister"!!! :)
I feel like I was born and raised in a Christian family, well actually I was :)
I officially asked the Lord into my heart as a little girl about age 5-6 and then again after my three years of somewhat rebelling as teenager...God was gracious to be patient with me :) and I re-dedicated my life to him and been a Christian saved by grace ever since!
I love the Lord with all my heart and thank Him that I am saved. And thank Him for sending His son to die on the cross for our sins so that one day we can all meet in Heaven :)

:)
Candy

Kim said...

Isn't the Lord we serve amazing? He gives us tiny glimpses into His realm, into His heart.

Elizabeth at A Biblical Home said...

Thanks for sharing! I also know people who have been adopted and it's wonderful to see how well they fit into their new families. And you painted such a beautiful picture of God's adoption of us.

Kimmie said...

Welcome to the family!

I enjoyed your post- I have to agree, as time goes on we start to resemble each other...:-) though 5 of my 6 are adopted- if I had a nickle for each time someone said, "she looks like you," or "he looks like your husband..."

Not that it matters, personally my husband and I don't care if our children are green with pink spots. ;-) (and we have told the social workers just that!)

Stop by and meet us if you have a minute, we are in dossier stage of an adoption to Guatemala.

Kimmie
mama to 6-soon 7 or 8!
one homemade and 5 adopted

Anna S said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Melissa! I'm so glad I read this! A cousin of mine married a widower with 3 small adopted children. I know for sure God directed and blessed this union! They are currently raising 6 children together, and you really can't tell between the 'own' and 'adopted' - because every child is as much a gift from God as any other.

Melissa said...

Anna,

I love that God knew us in our mother's womb and that He formed us to look exactly the way we do. I believe that it's no coincidence that children begin looking like their new parents.

When I was little, people (those who knew my parents were remarried, but didn't know which child was born to which)would always try to match my parents up with which child they thought was theirs. It almost never worked! I believed my parents loved that too!

One thing that bothers me is when a couple CONSTANTLY points out which children are adopted, and which are the "originals". If one adopts a child, that child is theirs forever! There's no need for a constant association! Boy, I'm glad God truly accepts me and doesn't bring up my past!

Mrs. Hagarty said...

Hi!
I loved this post, especially since our family is beginning our own adoption journey.
Blesssings!
Hannah