Have you ever thought about how beautiful it is that we are adopted DAUGHTERS of Christ when we begin a relationship with Him? I’ve always thought this was awesome, but I got to see this in reality even more this week, and I’m overwhelmed!
One of my roommates and best friends from college, Anna, and her husband adopted a baby girl this month. She is 100% a beautiful, healthy miracle in so many ways. The timing of this adoption and seeing God’s hand all over it has been truly remarkable. My other roommate and best friend from college, Shelbi, and I got to visit with Anna, David, and baby Isla this past weekend. We got to hold this tiny precious girl… I studied her sweet little features and marveled at the miracle of her life. I watched as both her mom and dad fed her, changed her, and kissed her a thousand times over. They are CLEARLY over the moon in love with Isla. Anna may not have physically given birth to Isla, but I could see the intense momma-love pouring out of her. I could see how WILD they are for her. I could see that they would do anything for their baby girl because she is THEIRS. God gave her to them as a special gift, and they know that. They would never think to not treat her with such love, care, and tenderness. She belongs to THEM. She’s their DAUGHTER.
As I watched them with their new baby girl, I thought about this quotation by David Platt that is powerful to me,
“It’s important to realize that we adopt not because we are rescuers. No. We adopt because we are rescued.”
Even before Anna and David began dating, I knew Anna’s heart bled for orphans. I knew of her heart and desire to adopt. This passion for orphan care comes out of her realization that GOD has rescued HER. He has commanded us all to care for the orphans, and this is one of the ways He has led her to care for them. It was amazing to know her heart several years ago and to see this all play out. To see God’s hand over the entire process. I saw Anna’s unconditional love flowing freely for her baby girl, and I thought about God’s intense love for us. We become His daughters. That’s huge! He loves us even more deeply than we could ever love our own kids. We absolutely don’t deserve this kind of love. We are born into sin and deserve eternity in Hell, separated from God. But Galatians 4:4-7 explains this perfectly,
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba,Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
This ‘sonship” includes that beautiful, gracious, unconditional love God so richly lavishes on us. He rescued us from an eternity separated from Him. And not only that, but He has also made us heirs. Heirs of eternity with Him in paradise. Heirs of this forever love. He’s no longer our master of slaves but our Father.
I just reminisce on Anna kissing sweet Isla’s lips over and over again, soaking her up, loving her to pieces…. and I begin to see all over again that love and adoration our sweet Father in Heaven has for us… His children. And with tears in my eyes, I’m beyond amazed at the beauty of adoption. We are daughters of the King.