We have been waiting to adopt our next child for a year now, and knowing that we have a child out there somewhere and not knowing whether she is being loved, cared for, and kept safe is so difficult sometimes I don't know if I can take it anymore! I have really been struggling with the wait lately. But God showed me something this morning that was so precious to me, I had to share it with you also.
In Romans 8, Paul says this--
We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons,
the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved.
As I read that I realized, God knows just how we feel, because he feels the same way about us! Our adoption as children of God has not been finalized yet, we are not home yet either. It's kind of like we are in foster care right now- we know heaven is coming, and that is our true home, but we aren't there yet. God knows we are his, we have been adopted, but it hasn't been finalized yet. He longs for us to be home and safe with Him, just like we are longing for our child to be home with us.
~the day we adopted our son, PD~
Knowing that, it kind of puts a different perspective on death, doesn't it? I read this verse yesterday, from Isaiah 57--
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart;
devout men are taken away, and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.
Sometimes God just can't wait anymore to get his child home and he brings them home early! He loves us so much, it amazes me. We don't understand fully how wonderful heaven will be, just like the girl that we will adopt doesn't understand fully what it will be like to have a Mom and Dad who will love her and protect her forever. The unknown can be a little scary. But heaven is where we will be truly home with our Father God forever- I can't wait, can you?