We have been hanging out with “Jay”!!!! In fact, we will pick him up from his group home every Wednesday now for day visits, plus day visits on the weekends as possible. (If you don’t remember who I’m talking about, click here.)
Yesterday was the start of our “weekly Wednesday” time together. Saturday was our first day ever with him. Brad & I were both a bit nervous on our ride to pick him up. We asked God for several things regarding Saturday, and all were answered!
- That the day be easy, and that a bond between us all come naturally.
- That we know what to say if he asked us difficult questions about whether we’d adopt him, etc. (and yes, he asked…)
- That for this one day, there would be no need to discipline him, but that we’d be free because of his sweet behavior to pour some much needed love of Christ into his life.
By the time we dropped Jay off at his group home on Saturday night, Brad and I were forever changed. It’s funny… you think you’re doing a charitable thing because you take an 11 year old for lunch, hang out with him, and cook pizzas with him for dinner. But WE were the ones changed.
After Saturday, I will be shocked if Brad and I don’t someday adopt an older child. Sure, we were already concerned about the “world-wide orphan crisis”… but the urgency of that true CRISIS has never seemed more relevant than in the moment that we dropped Jay off to a home of mostly teenagers. Teenagers who looked back at us with sweet baby eyes. Teenagers who are less jaded than they pretend to be, because they’ve lost all if they can’t cling on to some hope. Teenagers who are at a critical age where they can either find love NOW, or feel like orphans for life.
I write this to anyone willing to read it: If you have the tiniest twinge in your heart for the broken of this world, then DO SOMETHING. It’s scary. It may pull us out of our comfort zones. Praise God for that. We have a Mighty Savior whom we can lean on, and point these precious broken ones towards. We may not feel like there is enough of US to give. Not enough of US to go around. Good news… WE are not who they need. Christ is. And He is more than enough.
(Happy 4th Anniversary to my sweet husband!)