God’s love was first displayed to one nation, Isreal, but He always planned to ADOPT children from every nation, tribe, and tongue. The following verse became very dear to me during our wait for Amelia. On a personal level, it was a promise to me that God would bring Amelia (and any other children we’ll adopt) to our home at the perfect time. On a much grander scale, it was the image of a Heavenly Father gathering His diverse and far-spread family together from the ends of the Earth.
“Do not be afriad, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back!’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:5-7
It’s stunning to know that God understands how it feels to be an adoptive parent aching for His children to be gathered to Him.