As I lay mentally reciting Romans 8 at 4:30 one morning, giving up on going back to sleep after more than an hour of trying, I was praying for friends who had flown to China to get their son the day before.
Caleb is five. They were matched with him more than two years prior but paperwork was taking forever! The time had finally arrived when they got to sign all the forms and bring their son home.
Romans 8 kept coming to mind.
I thought about what Paul wrote concerning adoption. I lay there praying for my friends and thinking about how their situation illustrates what Paul wrote.
Here are some of my thoughts.
I lay in bed early this morning praying for your family. I thought about your son and how long you have all waited for this time to come.
In Romans chapter 8, Paul talks of our adoption a sons.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
I was reminded of how Caleb was yours more than two years ago! He had been adopted in your hearts and minds. In your whole being he was and is your son. Both you and he were waiting with eager longing for the revealing of his adoption, for his body and life to be brought to your home, for him to be redeemed into your earthly home.
He, of course, is too young to understand what all that means, what a glorious thing it is to be your son! But he will learn! And his fellow heirs will teach him. They have been interceding for him since his adoption. They, too, have loved him since he became their brother.
He has been your son that whole time. Just not living in the same place, not yet seeing you face to face. Only the final paperwork was left to be done.
Your journey is a beautiful shadow of our own adoption as sons of God!
Thank you for waiting patiently. Thank you for being used to show me a glimpse of what this passage is about.
May all of you be blessed today and showered with His grace, peace, and love.