Thursday, April 26, 2012

Clay in His Hands? 

The other day, a friend of mine came to pick up a frame she had ordered from Joy-Full Creations (one of our fund raisers).  After she left, Solon (our youngest) looked up at me and said, with a huge grin,
"Okay Mom, NOW can we adopt a little sister"?

On another occasion, we had some teenagers from our ministry over to our house, and Solon was playing tag with one of the girls.  His instructions to her:
"You run, and I will chase you...and when I tag you, I adopt you!  Okay?"

He melts our hearts and he cannot WAIT to meet his little sister. 

If only adoption were as simple as Solon imagines it to be!
There are over 130 MILLION orphans in this world!  But sadly, the average cost for an international adoption is 20 to 30 thousand dollars.  And that, alone, keeps so many from pursuing adoption.  I have said, from the very beginning, that I knew this would be a HUGE mountain to climb. 

There are days we get impatient.
There are days we doubt our ability.
There are days we feel overwhelmed with the length of the process.
There are days our minds race with questions.
There are days we worry about finances...

I cannot lie... I often regret some of our financial decisions - which stem from getting tangled in the web of the "American Dream" -
Nice clothes, nice house, nice 'stuff'', nice car....And then I read in Luke chapter 12 -

"Sell your possessions and give to the poor. 
Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out,
a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted,
where no thief comes near
and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also."
Verses 33-34

Its not that I think God doesn't WANT to bless us, in many different ways (including nice "stuff").  He has just brought, to my attention, that my "treasure" has often been my "stuff" and THAT is not where my heart is to be! 

God is molding us through this process.  He is shaping us.  He is the potter and we are the clay.  Often, the shape HE chooses, takes us out of our comfort zones and increases our faith.

HE is making a way for us to give HIS precious child a
A roof over her head.
A bed to snuggle into at night. 
A family that loves her.
A feeling of safety and security. 
And most of all, a family that will help nurture the path to her Creator...
For her to understand that she is the daughter of a King - King Jesus!

Has God been calling you to something that could potentially take you out of your comfort zone?
Are you clay in His hands?
Will you let Him stretch you?
Will you let Him mold you today?
Don't 'dry up' and become immovable. 
LET Him shape you. 
Trust Him, even when it's hard. 

As we are moved, under the gentle guidance of His hands...
HIS glory will be revealed.

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