No matter how good or how bad the news from any orphanage ever is, one thought is always blazoned across the forefront of my mind.
Please don’t forget…
What makes an orphan an orphan is not the lack of nice clothing, good food, adequate care, or pretty surroundings.
It’s the lack of a family.
The greatest single basic need of an abandoned and neglected orphan is not for improvements in his living conditions or institution, as necessary and humane as the improvements may be, but for a loving and committed family.
Thousands of years ago, King David wrote that God sets the lonely in families. He could have watered that word down, but he didn’t. He spoke the plain truth.
God designed families; we humans didn’t come up with that concept ourselves.
God designed families to be the place where children are nurtured.
That was thousands of years ago; is this still true?
Is God still setting the lonely in families?
Yes, He is.
There’s another side to this truth, isn’t there?
For Him to set the lonely in families, there have to be families with willing hearts and open arms to draw in those lonely outcast human beings. Redemption does not and never can happen at a distance, at the end of an outstretched arm.
He is calling, calling, calling to us, knocking down barriers we’ve set up around our lives, going all the way down into our innermost hearts, cleaning them out and opening them up, until we see as He sees. Until we comprehend the enormous privilege it is to live God’s plan to set the lonely in families.
We are His plan for the lonely.
We are His plan to provide families for the orphans.
Will we make excuses? Will we quench the Spirit? Will we stop up our ears to His call?
Or will we listen?
Will we obey?
“Go get this little girl and draw her into the heart of your family as your beloved daughter.”
Garnet’s family could have made excuses, quenched the Spirit, and stopped up their ears to His call.
Garnet’s family said YES.
“Go get this little boy and draw him into the heart of your family as your beloved son.”
Kramer’s family could have made excuses, quenched the Spirit, and stopped up their ears to His call.
Kramer’s family said YES.
God sets the lonely in families.
For with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him there is abundant redemption.