Friends, Anna’s mom Lydia is in the thick of it right now. I remember very well how difficult it is to be with one’s medically-fragile child who is hospitalized in a foreign country, all while functioning with jet lag and little sleep. God has given Lydia a tough assignment right now!
Knowing the very real, here-and-now struggles that Lydia and Anna are facing, and at the same time celebrating the power of God in raising Jesus from the dead, these words are coming to my mind again and again–
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish,
That I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
[Asking again–Why do all of us who are followers of Jesus count all things loss?]
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death…”
Out of these truths, may I issue a challenge? When those of you on the outside see the difficulties and sacrifices faced by adoptive families, ask not, “Isn’t this proof that this wasn’t God’s will for them?”
No! No! A thousand times no! The opposite is true! Question rather whether a life of comfort and leisure time, cushioned on all sides with non-essentials, is God’s will for His people!
Once the pain began, Jesus didn’t question whether it was really His Father’s will for Him to go through a crucifixion. He suffered, He wept, He bled, He cried out in agony, He deliberately offered up His life out of obedience to His Father. For the redemption of those in desperate need.
Jesus hurt as we have never hurt. And He didn’t say, “This hurts! That means there must have been some mistake! My Father wouldn’t ask me to do something this hard! I’m getting back down off this cross!”
For those of us who believe and love the Word of God, we know that hardness is a mark of a life of following Jesus, not cause for us to question the Father’s calling.
Thank you so much to everyone who is surrounding and supporting Lydia and Anna with fervent prayer!
Lydia hasn’t updated her blog yet, but you can check in with her there and leave her a message, if you haven’t already: Eight is not Enough
I’ll update here as soon as I hear more news.