For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. ... We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:14- 17, 22-25)

 

My husband and I were emotionally and spiritually exhausted as we held each other that rainy April day, grieving a failed adoption. After a yearlong roller-coaster, our agency told us the situation was hopeless.

 

They were cutting ties with the woman who’d chosen us to adopt her baby due in May.

 

We could start the process over again. But the money was gone, and we weren’t ready to give up on the baby and the mother we’d prayed for every day since we’d been matched.

 

The most immediate answer to prayer I’ve ever experienced came when our agency called right then to tell us our baby was coming early and the adoption would happen after all.

 

No one adopts a child by accident. It’s a long, costly labor of love.

 

My husband and I brought our daughter home this year, and it cost us in more ways than you could imagine —

emotionally

financially

physically.

 

There were many times when I wished to trade it all for even the worst pregnancy experience. But I would have missed out on the wonder that God went through even greater agony to adopt us, paying the ultimate cost of His Son.

If you asked me if I loved my daughter as much as I would love my “real” daughter or my “own” child, I would say, “She is my real daughter, my own child.”

 

As she grows up, I hope she understands that. In fact, it will break my heart if she doesn’t.

 

In a much greater way, God wants us to know how He loves us and adopted us as His children. We belong to our earthly parents for a lifetime, but we are God’s children for eternity.

 

God looks at each of us and says, “You are my own.” He gave everything to make us His, and He promises He’ll take us home.

 

Pray and Reflect

How does it encourage you to consider that God wants to be your Father for eternity?

Are you longing for His return?

 

(written by Hayley Martin)

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God. Psalm 99:9

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