Hebrews 12:1-2
"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..."

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Cost

I've stated before that there are two questions that I hear repeatedly and have even asked myself:
Why does the adoption process take so long?
Why does it cost so much?

Since I've already given  my take on the length of the process, I'll attempt to address the cost. 

I was really bothered when we first heard what the total cost would be to adopt two children internationally.  It made no sense whatsoever.  I mean, if there are millions of children in desperate need of a family---why is the cost so great?  How many people see the price and determine that it is not financially possible to adopt?  How come those who do decide to adopt have to pour out most, if not all, of their savings?  It can seem really unfair.

Through time, God has graciously shown me some of the "why's".  Though I don't entirely understand it all, THIS is what I do know.  I, too, was once an orphan--not in the physical sense of the word, but spiritually.    I was a sinner.  Sin separated me from God and there was nothing that I could do to fill that chasm.  I was sick, eternally dead and bound for hell.  Romans 3:23 "For all have sinnned and fall short of the glory of God."  I was alone, hopeless and dying.  Thankfully, it doesn't end there.  It was through the love of God sending His son, Jesus to die for me that I could have life.  John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him should NOT perish but have everlasting life."   Realizing and confessing my sinfulness and hopelessness led me to the point where I accepted the gift of God's love and forgiveness.  The blood of Jesus Christ redeemed me--the cost was HUGE for He bought me with His life--and then, God ADOPTED ME as His child.  He is now my Heavenly Father.  I am no longer alone, I am part of his family.  I am no longer dying for He has given me eternal life.  He longs to bless me and give me hope. 

Similarly, there are so many children alone--orphaned.  Their families are no more.  They have been given up or abandoned.  They are sick from parasites, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea, malnutrition, starvation and AIDS.  The sad thing is that even while all of these illnesses are preventable or treatable, these very things will claim the lives of thousands upon thousands, to millions upons millions.  They are alone, hopeless and dying.  Through adoption, we will have two more little ones which we will embrace and call son/daughter.  They will be part of a family who loves them and wants the best for them.  Although the monetary cost of adoption seems huge, it is nothing.  We will reap blessing upon blessing through these little ones for the rest of our lives.  They will be loved.  They will have hope and they will no longer be orphans...they will be part of the Leland family. 

I belive this is why God holds children so closely to His heart and why He speaks so strongly to us about taking care of the poor and needy....of orphans.  The parallels are close to His heart.  He knows that the price to claim us as His child was great...our adoption as His children cost His son, Jesus, His life!  But, God's love towards us says, "It was worth it." 

1 comment:

  1. This TRUTH gives me goosebumps all over again. Keep writing! God is speaking through you!