'For we walk by faith, not by sight. ' ( 2 Corinthians 5:7 )Three years ago today I woke up a mom of three children and by the time I went to bed I was a mom of six kids all five years old and under. Today as we celebrated our "Happy Homecoming Day" with our every growing family I could not help thinking about the "what ifs".
What if we had not been in the U.S. when we got the call about the kids? If that call had been two days later we would have been in Brazil.
What if we had not trusted what we heard from the Lord when He told us to adopt our kids?
What if we had not trusted that He would provide the funds needed for the adoption?
What if we had been too scared that adopting three little ones at once would be too much for us?
What if we had worried more about what people were saying and less about what we knew the Lord was telling us to do?
I do not know the answers to most of these questions but I am sure of a few things. If we had not trusted the Lord and taken the GIANT leap of faith that it took to adopt our kids we would have missed out on a huge opportunity not only to bless others and change their lives, but we would have missed out on so many blessing ourselves. I can not even begin to imagine our lives without Josiah, Lilliana, or Jeremiah - they themselves are HUGE blessings to us!
In our crazy life I often feel like Abraham as we hold to the promises that the Lord has given us even when we have no physical way of seeing how those promises can possibly be fulfilled. I have had times that I have felt like Moses wandering around the desert trying to trust that he actually did hear from the Lord. I have also had days where I have felt like Peter moments after he stepped out of the boat when he started to sink and all he could do was cry out "Lord save me!". Yes, like all of these guys I know that taking a step of faith is HARD but I also know that it is worth it.
If you are reading this and you know that the Lord is calling you to do something I want to encourage you to obey His voice and take that step of faith and do whatever it is that He is calling you to do.
Will it be easy?- No.
Will you have doubts? -Yes.
Will the Lord be faithful to you? Will He take care of you? Will He keep His promises? -
YES, YES, YES!
|"Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments" (Deuteronomy 7:9)|