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God's Adoption Plan is Jesus

I was not yet a mom when I spent a week at a state run orphanage in Moldova. The beautiful country side was a stark contrast to the conditions of the orphanage.    

Moldova is home to far more orphans than one might think. Once part of the USSR, Moldova was split from Romania. It’s a small country, with beautiful rolling hills of miles of lavender and sunflowers standing taller than Shaq. And it’s also incredibly poor. The economy has never recovered post USSR rule. The jobs needed to create and maintain a stable economy, simply don’t exist.

And without work, families cannot afford to feed their children.  This results in a sea of domestic issues ranging from depression to alcoholism to violence. The children I met in the orphanage had parents who were simply too poor to care for them or were mentally unwell and unable to give them the care they needed.

They were orphaned due to poverty.

This was and still is heartbreaking for me to think back upon. And something is different now. I’m a mom. Being a mom has caused me to think back upon a lot of experiences I’ve had but with a new perspective; with mom goggles on.

I cannot imagine one day spent without my son. I love to see his big brown eyes when he wakes up and hear his sweet little voice. I know that being his mom is part of God’s plan because it’s one of the most natural feelings in the world. And I know that orphans, regardless of the why and/or how they are orphaned, are not at all what God intended when He created the world.

More than 10 years later, with my mom goggles on, my heart grieves the reality of that orphanage all over again. And I believe God grieves the injustice of children and parents apart. Broken and split families were never His intention and never part of His created order.

As a mom, I’d do just about anything to keep my son close. That momma bear thing is for real. How much more would God, the Creator of it all, do to keep his kids near Him? Before Jesus, we too were orphaned and seperated from our Father.

When no one and nothing seemed to be good enough to keep His global family together, God burst His way into our messed up, chaotic, broken, unjust world in the person of Jesus and made a way for us all to be back with Him again, the way He planned so long ago.

I love the way the Message translation puts it:

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.-Eph. 1:3-6

God, in His overwhelming love literally stopped at nothing to pave a road that would lead His lost and orphaned kids back home, where we belong. God's adoption plan is found in Jesus.

I love hearing adoption stories. Adoption is one of the most tangible illustrations of the Gospel.  I don’t know what you are facing in your life today and I do know there isn’t a distance so great to keep God from going after you. He’s already paved the way home through Jesus. He’s ready and waiting to lavish you with joy, peace, contentment and so much more.

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