The Adoption Gene
Donna Sheron wrote a post entitled "The Adoption Gene." I believe it accurately depicts the feelings my husband, Marcus, and I have toward adoption. As far back as I can remember, even as a young child, I have known that I would adopt someday. I have always had a predisposition, a yearning, a deep determination to adopt a child. Some people, unable to describe where this deep desire comes from, have called it an "adoption gene." I know, though, that God placed the desire to adopt in my heart, and I am thankful that he brought me a husband who has that same desire. Even before we were married, we started a savings account strictly for adoption. While the sum in that account is still small, we have faithfully added money each month knowing that God will provide.
Ephesians 1:5 says that "In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will." Adoption is such a beautiful picture of what Christ did for me, for Marcus, for you. Because I believe that we were created in God's image, I also believe God placed His same desire for adoption within us. To my husband and I, adoption is not our good deed for the day. Yes, it will radically change the life of a child, but caring for orphans is commanded. God has told us that pure and undefiled worship is to care for orphans and widows in their affliction (James 1:27). That is what, by God's grace, we hope to do, and adoption is one of the avenues we hope to use to follow this command.
Yes, we have always known that "someday" we wanted to adopt a child. Marcus and I planned to have a biological child after a couple of years of marriage and adopt later in our life. I have always longed to adopt from China, which meant that we couldn't adopt until we were at least 30 (according to adoption regulations in China). So it was definitely a "someday" dream. Over the last several months, though, God has been revealing a different plan and a different, earlier time table. We have been praying through programs, countries, and organizations, and we have started the process to adopt internationally. Though it may seem crazy, we trust Him and His plan for our lives.
World Orphans estimates that there are 153 million orphans in the world. Right now, Marcus and I want to decrease that number by 1. (maybe 2 or 3 or 4...someday) We are excited to see God unfold and reveal His path and plan for us during this journey.
Our family is growing by 2 feet...we just don't know what size they'll be or when they'll arrive. More details coming soon.