World Adoption Day – was this past Saturday, November 9, 2019
I was adopted at the age of 6 months having spent that time in foster care. I have friends and a niece and nephew who are adopted. It creates a special bond between us.
At a conference focused on adoption and fostering, I realized that I was once an orphan. That time between being born and being adopted. Granted for me it wasn’t very long, but the realization impacted me in a way I didn’t expect.
When I tell my story about my adoption I often say something about the circumstances where my birth mom had an affair with a married man, which of course is sin and could have ruined many lives. Little did Satan know that at 13 I would attend a Christian camp (Camp Ambassador) and make a decision for Christ. Or that I would go into full time ministry at camps and be influential in the Christian lives of many people, some of whose stories I will never know.
I am reminded of Joseph’s situation with his older brothers in Genesis 50:20; You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. NIV
Further, I have been adopted into God’s family by my salvation in Jesus Christ. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “Adoption is an act of God’s free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God.”
Adoption is an act of God’s free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God. [Westminster Shorter Catechism]