Rocking my little lion to sleep tonight holding him and thanking heaven. It was like I suddenly saw different characters from the bible & I saw something I’ve not seen before, I felt God was talking to me about Adoption.
David was long-term fostered & maybe even close to adopted by Saul.
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father’s house. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself..(I Samuel 18:1-4)
Moses was adopted by Pharaohs family. I loved seeing this while watching The Prince of Egypt a while ago.
‘Pharaoh had ordered the midwives to kill all of the Hebrew baby boys when they were born, so Moses’ mother hid her baby for three months. The mother placed baby Moses in a basket where Pharaoh’s daughter bathed in the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby, adopted him, and raised Moses as her son. (Exodus 2).
Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai:
“He had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother; the maiden was beautiful and lovely, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai adopted her as his own daughter.” (Esther 2.7)
These adopted children had great destiny. Mordecai had his moment of realising all that God called Esther to when He boldly says to her in Esther 4.14
“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
These children are called into families. Not to have any shame or fear of their past but to know their full identity in God. That no matter the circumstance of their birth, to hold onto the promise that we each have that we were knitted together in our mothers womb & The Lord saw our unformed bodies. They have been held & saved for a purpose.
I know there are thousands of children in the care system in the UK. Often it seems all very professional and hidden from view. The reality breaks my heart. Perhaps if a child was stood in front of me, a child who just wanted the love of parents. Maybe we would then choose to do the ‘obvious thing’ and care for these children. God loves these children, he has created them the same as the ones born in loving situations.
He just needs people who will see them as He sees them. Who will choose to adopt? Society often tells us that it is a last resort, but how powerful is it to have adoption as a first choice because these children are worth it. Once they are adopted the beauty is that this is now family. Having that family can mean they have the support and encouragement to become an Esther.
I also know that in His infinite kindness it is all on God to give identity. God adopts us first. You see Daniel was taken from his family to serve a foreign King and yet God was close to Him, almost as though he was in the care system yet He was strong and would not conform & even stared into the face of Lions unharmed. Equally Joseph had an awful time going from one place of little care to another yet God of all grace did not leave him & he became a mighty leader and reconciled with his family. Whatever the story of being away from birth family and in care system I know Jesus has the power to transform and do more than we could ask or imagine.
Imagine if the church stepped up. Imagine if we didn’t only give £18 per month to a child in Burma trusting someone else to care for them- but also cared for a child with a very similar painful story from Stockport?
It wouldn’t be easy but have you asked God if that’s something he could be asking of you?
Or maybe someone you know is adopting, if so please show as much JOY, love and support as though they have told you they are pregnant & more!!! Don’t be sad that it might mean they couldn’t ‘have their own’..they are choosing this path to have their own. The child God himself has created and called to be fully theirs from the beginning of time itself, a most precious child with as much destiny and promise as David, Moses, Esther, Daniel, Joseph..
I 💜 Adoption
There is so much more I could say and so much more of how God has beautifully adopted us and calls us to do the same..but I’m done for now as I would just love you to ask God if he’s saying anything to you about adoption/fostering/caring for friends who are…
(All pics taken from Pinterest)