At the end of each year of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), we have a special open-mic day, where ladies are invited to share what they’ve learned from BSF that year. This year, I felt the Holy Spirit compelling me to speak, so I wrote out what I would say ahead of time. I wanted to share that with you.
Two years ago, I stood here with a sweet baby boy in my arms and told you how the study of Moses had inspired our family to follow God’s leading into the realm of foster care and adoption. We were thrilled to think that little guy might become a permanent part of our family.
Last year, I sat quietly listening to my sisters in Christ share…and little did I know that our son’s biological mom had given birth that very morning to a tiny baby girl. When we received a call the next day, asking if we’d be willing to take her into our home as our foster daughter, we were fresh off the study of Revelation, and an eternal perspective rang in our minds. God gave us the courage to say “yes.”
Today, I can’t help but chuckle at God’s omniscient timing. We will celebrate our Lilah’s first birthday tomorrow…but today we celebrate because this is the day that she is no longer our foster daughter but is permanently welcomed into our family as our adopted daughter.
I don’t know why God orchestrated the events of our life this way…but I can’t help but wonder if someone here needs to hear the message that it is SO worth it to step out in faith (like Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on the water), to follow Jesus’ call (like the fishermen who dropped everything to become His disciples), to pour out our lives to Him (like Mary, who anointed His feet with expensive perfumes)…
I will not tell you that it is an easy path. I have six children at home, and the chaos is sometimes a force to be reckoned with.
But it is worth it.
John 20:31 has stayed with me…”These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (emphasis mine)
True, beautiful, abundant LIFE is found only in Jesus.
Say yes when He calls you, friends. You won’t regret it. Because He is always faithful.