A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. – adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley
With 163 million orphans in the world, the idea of change can seem overwhelming. It’s true that you can’t change the whole world. But as fans of adoption are prone to say, “you can change one child’s whole world.” Every adoption is a radical act of love that changes everything for that child. Just like the starfish, it makes all the difference for “that one.”
Mother Teresa’s famous quote is worth repeating here, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Jesus also taught us never to lose sight of the one in need of rescue.
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.” – Luke 15:4-5
Adoption makes all the difference to the one.
Prayer: Father, thank you that you care about each one of us. That you would have sent Jesus on His rescue mission to bring home just one of us. God, we ask for your heart for our “one.” We ask for more people to be called to adopt one child. Lord, let us not lose sight of how huge of a change that is. Let us not be overwhelmed trying to change the whole world. Father, thank you for all those “ones” who have been welcomed into loving families through adoption. We pray for more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.