As I sat in the waiting room during Josiah's surgery, I was praying and reading Scripture. In Romans 12, I was reminded to 'Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good' (v.9) and to 'overcome evil by doing good' (v.21). And I thought about the millions and millions and millions of orphans around the world whose medical needs dwarf Josiah's and how they have no services, no parents, and often, seemingly no hope. I also continued reading a book called 'Fierce Convictions' about a woman named Hannah More who lived in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. You have probably never heard of her (I hadn't before stumbling across this book). Along with her much more famous counterparts William Wilberforce and John Newton, she helped abolish the slave trade in Britain during her lifetime. I thought about how Hannah More, a famous writer in her time, appealed to the masses about the horrors of slavery and how Britain must end it and how her appeal was based on the love of Christ and the great worth of all God's creation. Then I thought even more about the millions and millions and millions of orphans and vulnerable children around the world who are waiting for Christians to rise up and to 'abhor what is evil, cling to what is good' and to 'overcome evil by doing good'. So, while I know this blog will reach far, far fewer than Hannah More, William Wilberforce, and John Newton (in case you are not sure who he is, he wrote the hymn 'Amazing Grace' and you have probably heard of that!) ever reached, I wanted to take these few moments since returning home from the hospital with our recovering little boy to appeal to you on the basis of love to ask God what specifically He has for you to reach the orphans of the world...to love them with the love of Christ and wait for His answer, His answer that allows you to be part of the hope for these millions of children in desperate need.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in resources of just how to go about discerning the specifics in this calling, whether it is the road to adoption or the road to foster care or the road to financially supporting ministries in countries around the world who are serving children that will likely never be adopted or in simply serving adoptive families right where you are living and very importantly, praying fervently for God's provision for these precious lives.
Josiah's surgery allowed me to learn more about him too. I learned more about just how determined and brave and adaptable and joyful he is. As soon as he was unhooked from his IV, he was down on the floor trying to destroy the place in the spunky way that only he can. He loves life. And God has graciously given us the gift of being part of his story to help him reach his potential-physically, mentally, and spiritually. Josiah and I walked hand in hand out of the hospital while he said 'ooooooooooo!', 'ooooooooooooo!', 'oooooooooooooooo!' about the huge fishes and ostrich that decorate the children's area of the hospital. He will not be defeated by any circumstance and some of his circumstances have been heartbreakingly sad. Even in the midst of many challenges in the almost year since he became ours, I prayed to God as we walked to the car to help me appreciate and celebrate who Josiah is. He is not compliant or easy or quiet or calm. He is willful and difficult and loud and rambunctious. He is also amazing and beautiful and smart and hilarious. And, graciously, he is ours.
Will you join me in overcoming the world's orphan crisis with good?
Before surgery...smiling away...our brave little trooper!..
After...sipping on some apple juice.
Foosball time in Hospital Playroom!
Home Sweet Home!