I have definitely been in the spot in our journey where I question God frequently, “Am I blessed?” , “If this is blessed I would hate to see cursed!!”, and “why have you chosen me for this blessing, I would have rather been blessed with a curse”.
I know….as a Christian this is not the way to be in a relationship with my Savior. However, if I am honest, and that is what God has called us to be, this is exactly how it has felt!! As I work to control my response to the child that has cleaned the bathroom, however her shirt is shoved behind the toilet with stool hidden in it, or I am going over the same three questions that are to be answered on the less than two pages of information for the last five hours hearing from my child that the answer is not in the reading when the answers are italicized!
How can this be the blessed life we are promised as Christians??? How do I continue to choose this life when it is so overwhelming on a daily basis?
The answer is so simple, that often I over look it’s massive meaning!!! The answer is in the sexually abused child asking dad for a hug because she is anxious for the first time since coming into your home over six months ago. The answer is in the 18 year old that has been so neglected that he has had to dig for food for his blind mother and himself in the dumpster handling the shortage Covid 19 has caused without hoarding food or panicking when the answer is simply we don’t have the food items we routinely have.
We continue, even in chaos, to choose to live this life (because it is SO MUCH more than a job) for these simple little changes in the lives of these children. It doesn’t seem like much, but to change a child’s perspective about the life they live is very important and empowering their future.
Pastor Will preached this week on Colossians 1:12 and in this we are given the inheritance of the SAINTS….. I know when I hear the word Saint I instantly think that I am so far away from being a saint that there is no way I will make it in this life time…. but Paul reminds us that we are all ready a Saint! We need to reach out and take that role!!
You know what is even crazier than thinking I should be a Saint? It is that by CHOOSING to live this life I am following after Jesus which has made me a Saint already! Let that sink in…..we are already Saints.
By being God’s chosen to inherit the inheritance of the Saints we are welcomed into the Kingdom of Light. We know as Christians that we have to go to the source of the light to be in the pureness of heaven.
I often think that these children have been dwelling in the deepest parts of the darkness. The transition into our homes for these kids are like walking out of a movie theater right into the brightness of day light. It hurts our eyes and our heads, it is disorienting, it is often scary, and absolutely overwhelming!
We are the BLESSED CHOSEN SAINTS that receive the privilege of walking with these children as they move out of the Kingdom of Darkness and with our guidance and support they might just become a Saint in the Kingdom of Light! Now that is a true blessing!