We don’t have it all figured out. Just for the record. A typical response from people when they hear that Johanna and I do foster care, are adopting, and have 3 kids under the age of 7 is, “You guys are amazing!” Well maybe it is amazing that we haven’t had the ambulance at our house yet or haven’t had a child wander off three blocks over. That’s about it.
The reason we are not amazing is because there isn’t anything inside of us that creates some super inner strength which propels us to do foster care and adoption. To say that we are amazing is quite the over statement. If you could take a walk through our house on any given night you’d see that we don’t have it all figured out. The house can qualify for FEMA disaster aid, the kids are working their way to being shipped off to Timbukto, and I am in a less than in a patient mood. We melt down. We lose our cool. We ask forgiveness.
We don’t have it figured out, we simply want to be obedient to the commands of Jesus to care for the orphan and show his love to those around us. I thank God that throughout Scripture he uses weak and jacked up people to do amazing things through the power of the Holy Spirit. I am called a broken pot and earthen vessel in Scripture. The reality is that God supplies all of our needs according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus.
At times that promise doesn’t feel true when we are short on sleep and long on wear. Yet I can emphatically say that spending and being spent for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ is worth it. It’s worth it as I drive down the road and get to share the gospel with an 11 year old girl through foster care. It’s worth it to be able to pray over the souls of babies that come in to our homes for a short time. It’s worth it to wait 4 years to bring home our son or daughter from Haiti whom we still haven’t met.
It’s worth it because Christ is worth it.