The Headline Read:
“Wilbur the Red-necked Wallaby has found happiness with a new family after his birth mother tragically passed away while he was still in the pouch. He has been ‘adopted’ by another female at Blackpool Zoo, which is an extremely rare occurrence among marsupials.”
As demonstrated in this popular story, adoption is an extremely rare event in all the natural world. Even us humans have an instinct to “take care of our own.” Many assume that adoption is an option only for those who “can’t have their own kids.”
But Adoption is a God Thing.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5 NLT.
In my own experience, adoption changed my heart for God and his children like nothing else to date. It grew in me a certain understanding of God’s perspective of people going through life without relationship with him. As I waited for two years to adopt a child I didn’t know, who hadn’t been born yet, who was halfway around the world from where I was: I loved him – Insanely. I loved him in a way I didn’t know was possible. I prayed daily that he would come home so I could be his father. And when he finally did, I think I felt a little bit of what God describes as his “great pleasure.”
God desires to adopt all people. But I think there’s more than our own spiritual adoption to dig into here. God asks us to be like him. Adoption isn’t natural: it’s supernatural – Adoption is a “God Thing.” Adoption demonstrates the heart of God to the rest of the world, and whether someone can have biological children or not isn’t the qualification for adopting.
Not everyone is called to adopt. And not every orphan is adoptable. But today, let’s pray for more adoptions; for more people to get God’s heart for this unnatural but beautiful act.
Prayer: Father, thank you for adopting us. It’s humbling to know that you’d sacrifice your one and only son in order to adopt us into your family. God, today we pray for the millions of the orphans who are available for adoption right now. God we ask that you call more people to adopt – to sacrifice in order to bring more children into the experience of family. God provide encouragement and resources to those who are in the process of adopting right now. In Jesus name, Amen.