How will I answer?

*Warning:  God is at work on my ungrateful heart.  Reading this post might open your eyes to how God might be working on yours, too!*

 I have given some thought over the past several months to how I might answer my children when, one day, he or she asks why they were an orphan in the Ukraine.  Thinking about that eminent question has caused me to realize like never before that God alone is the answer to the question as to why I was allowed to be born as a little girl in America to an affluent (compared to the world’s population) family who loved me and treated me well.  I had no choice in that matter and nothing in my own strength allowed me the privilege to be born in the United State to a loving family.  I could have born with the exact same talents and could have been given the same gifts and been born in China as a little girl.  My life would likely look very different than it does now.  I could have just as easily been born in the Ukraine to a mother who gave me up as an orphan to live in a state run orphanage.  The only difference is God. 

 I am not sure I will ever know or my children will ever know why God chose us to be born into different circumstances (at least we won’t know this side of heaven, and we probably won’t care once we’re in heaven!).  I am so honored, humbled, and grateful, however, that because I was born into this country into a loving family with all of the rights and privileges including schooling, nourishment, and spiritual development that go along with my upbringing, that I will be able to answer my child that at least one part of God’s plan for me being born into my circumstances have allowed me to answer his or her questions about why he was born into his.

Educated on Adoption

You may not be seeking an education on adoption, adoptive families, or the adoption process, but taking a few minutes to watch this video  might help you realize that an education on adoption is actually an insight into people.  I have a high regard for Dr. Karyn Purvis and the work she does with children from hard places.  My friend, Jeanette, began posting these short videos daily along with some wonderful commentary on her blog.  I encourage you to check out her insights for this video by clicking here. Dr. Purvis has made several short videos related to different issues or challenges on adoption.  I urge you to take a minute or two each day to watch these videos over the course of the next week or two.  I will post a video for you to view as well as some commentary.  Please take this opportunity to gain insight into all people and give some specific thought to the fatherless!

Insight 1: Explore Your Expectations from Tapestry on Vimeo.

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Yesterday, our pastor at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Bill Bowyer, delivered a sermon on the church’s role in adoption and what God’s word says about adoption.  It was a great sermon (listen to it here) and one that meant a lot to our family as we have explored these topics during the past several months and come to a firm understanding that, as Christians, we are called to care for the orphans and widows.

We’ve talked with Anna and Ryan a lot since November about adoption, our calling to adopt and what it means for our family.  And while Ryan is a little too young at this point to truly be able to understand what adoption is all about, Anna has a firm grasp on it.  In fact, she’s very excited about it — when we first shared with her our decision, her first reaction was “wow! Can we get bunk beds and share a room?”  What a great perspective from a five year old!

So, yesterday afternoon, we took a few minutes to interview Anna on camera about orphans and adoption.  As the old TV show reminded us, Kids Say the Darndest Things! Enjoy!

Anna’s Thoughts on Adoption from Jon Parks on Vimeo.