Father to the fatherless and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitations. -Psalm 68:5
These past four months in Ecuador have been a wonderful experience. I have been spending as much time as I possibly can working with orphan ministries trying to learn as much as I can. I am very thankful for the information I have obtained so far but am more thankful for the things it has taught me about God. There are two main lessons that I have been learning: 1. how amazing it is that God would identify Himself with the orphans and 2. how adoption reflects the gospel. I will explain both of the things in greater detail.
1. God identifies Himself with the one of the most marginalized people groups. I have posted this quote by Tim Keller but think it is worth repeating:
“Why should we be concerned about the vulnerable ones? It is because God is concerned about them. It is striking to see how often God is introduced as the defender of these vulnerable groups.
Don’t miss the significance of this. When people ask me, “How do you want to be introduced?” I usually propose they say, “This is Tim Keller, minister at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.” Of course, I am many other things, but that is the main thing I spend my time doing in public life. Realize, then, how significant it is that the biblical writers introduce God as “a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows” (Psalm 68:4-5). This is one of the main things He does in the world. He identifies with the powerless. He takes up their cause.”
God is the creator of the universe and does not need anything. He is not dependent on anything that any of us do. We would like to think we are a bigger deal than we really are and constantly stand up against God. This God who creates by the power of His words chooses of all people to identify Himself with the most vulnerable and helpless group of people. Catch the irony in that? It blows my mind that of all the people He would choose them.
2. Going off of that, I have learned more about how adoption reflects the gospel. We in many ways are like orphans. We were helpless in our condition, sin. We were powerless to do anything. We all come to Jesus with a lot of problems, just like these children do to their adoptive parents. God not only identifies and helps orphans, He ADOPTS them to be a part of His family. How crazy is that?! I get how insane this is after spending time with orphans. They are precious but have very deep issues. Many of them have disabilities, diseases, are messy and not to mention have lice. In reality, there is not much glamour. We are the same way. We don’t have much to offer to God. In fact, we come with a lot of sin, rebellion and selfishness. He looks at us knowing what He is getting Himself into and adopts us into His family. It is CRAZY!! I just can’t get over how good God is to take us in and be our Daddy. The gospel is such a beautiful thing and is so displayed in the process of adoption. I am so thankful that God looked at me in my brokenness and chose to adopt me.
With that being said, here is an opportunity to help with an adoption. A family came down to Ecuador recently to visit some of the orphanages. I was able to go with them and got to know them a little bit. They have decided to start the process of adoption with one of the boys here. If you would like to support them here is a link to their blog: http://thenailscrew.blogspot.com/. They are doing a drawing for a mini iPad to fundraise for this little one. It is an awesome opportunity to be a part of the adoption process.
Thank you all for your support and prayers. You have really made a difference and I am so grateful for my friends and family. See you all soon, it is so crazy how fast time has gone. I will be heading back home in just over 7 weeks. I am excited to get together and see many of you. : ) Much love!