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Where is God in adoption?

Adoption is fraught with pain. Anyone touched by it, even to the smallest degree, knows this. But who is responsible for this pain? Is it God? And if so, how can He then be a God of love? Would a truly loving God allow such pain and anguish to be perpetrated on innocent babies and children?

There is a propensity to blame God for the existence of any evil, heartache and unjustices perpetrated. Indeed, any tragedy that befalls the human race is usually attributed God. The fact is, however, that wars, genocide and other evil actions generated by humankind are self-willed and not instigated by God.

God has never put “babies in the wrong bellies”. We as humans perform the act of conception. We are free to act as  irresponsibly as we wish, provided we don’t contravene the laws of our country. Consequently, we should then take responsibility for our actions and the consequences that follow.

The precepts of God’s moral law are found in the Bible, but whether we choose to abide by them is up to us. We can choose to ignore these tenets of morality and “do our own thing”, in which case we have no relationship with God, no promise of peace or blessing, and no prospect of eternal life after death.

Alternatively, we can decide to serve God according to His Word, and receive the blessing of answered prayer during times of trouble or anguish and the assurance that “all things [will] work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

God is not a respector of persons and irrespective of our background or upbringing He desires a relationship with us. Every person on this planet who earnestly seeks God will find Him through His plan of salvation, as found in the Bible.

Nobody is forced to recognise God, let alone love and obey Him. Yet many venture into His domain and express themselves on  His existence, His actions, His motives, His laws and His love without the vaguest idea of who He is, what He stands for and how He interacts with those who love Him and keep His commands.

Despite the emotional turmoils and uncertainties of life, the providence of God manifests itself in the lives of those whose faith does not wane. It also illustrates how God can bring beauty, hope and clarity to an otherwise dismal situation. He does this by fragmenting our grief into manageable parts, enabling us to once again see the light of day, much like He gives us a rainbow after a severe storm.

A powerful purpose

I stumbled across this image on the Internet recently and immediately associated it with my adoption.

“You were an answer to prayer,” my mother said to me when we discussed how their adoption of me came about.

Her statement caused me to catch my breath as I felt my heart skip a beat.

I was an answer to prayer.

Imagine two people praying to the Almighty God – the Creator who spoke the world into existence – for a baby and they receive you. Wow. God choosing me as a gift for someone – that in itself is a gift – to me.

Truly, God meant it when He said:  “Can a mother forget her baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you” (Isa 49:15).

And He didn’t. When my birth mother decided she couldn’t keep me and wanted to ensure that her baby girl was given to a happy, Christian home, God looked down from Heaven, saw my mother and father and said: “This baby for that couple.”

The fact that my father had always wanted a little girl with brown eyes and blonde hair had everything to do with it.

Adoptees are a gift from God to their adoptive parents. That you were given to them specifically is no accident. God had a definite purpose in mind when He caused you to come into each others’ lives. Even if your adoptive situation was not a happy one, it’s important to know that God can turn any evil into good to suit His divine purpose – if you allow Him to by submitting to His will.

It’s Powerful stuff. And it’s ours for the taking.

Go on, take it.

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