"Don't excuse yourself by saying, "Look, we didn't know." For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve" (Proverbs 24:12, NLT).
God mentions over and over in His Word the importance of remembering the plight of the orphan (as well as the widow and the poor).
Such verses as Psalm 82:3 come to mind:
"Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute."
. . .and Psalm 10:14:
". . . .The helpless put their trust in you. You defend the orphans."
. . . and, of course, James 1:27:
"True and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you."
And these are just a few.
Obviously, to say the Lord has a heart for the orphan is an understatement. He has been concerned and placing great emphasis in His Word for the fatherless since WAY back; evidence being the many references even in the Mosaic Law.
So what do we do with this? Should we not value what God values? Unfortunately, in our American Dream society, we value things far less eternal. Our bank account, our big houses (or the dream of one), whether our 2.1 kids have the best schools, latest toys, and a paid for college education.
It's true, isn't it?
These things shouldn't surprise us in the world, but what about those of us who profess the name of Christ?
Aren't we supposed to be different? Shouldn't we have a more eternal perspective?
I have a long way to go, and everyday, I feel like I know less and less, but I do know that an eternal perspective includes valuing what God values.
And God values the orphan.
So after my husband and I emerged from the reality shock of "Yes, there are orphans out there, and it is REAL, REAL, REAL," we had to make decisions of what we were going to do with this reality.
We began by sponsoring a precious sibling group whom we met in a Nicaraguan orphanage and have been able to visit them several times a year. They are near and dear to our hearts. They often call us Mama and Papa, and believe me, if I could have brought them home, I would have done it a dozen times.
For us, the desire to help did not stop there. The "cry of the orphan" has been a ring in our ears and a tug on our hearts ever since.
After making ourselves available for adoption, I figured God would wrap it all up so nice and neat for us, ya know, since we were so willing and all.
But that hasn't been our case. Our journey to adoption has been rocky at best. We have experienced shut doors and terrible heartache. We have on more than one occasion considered giving up and keeping our orphan ministry focused in other areas.
But God wouldn't let us give up.
Our social worker suggested we consider some opportunities and programs our agency offered that we had not considered (because of our family size and family size/income ratio).
And so it was that on March 4, 2010, we found Hai Hai, and he found us.
Some people call it the red thread; I call it God.
"Father to the fatherless, defender of widows--this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families;. . ." (Psalms 28:5-6a).