For weeks now I have wanted to blog about what I see as far as true love and support from a foster parent’s perspective. Our situation has been purely a calling of God on our life as a family and as individual followers of Jesus Christ. It has been very eye opening to see who and where true love and concern has come from.
The only non-judgmental truly supportive concern and understanding has come from our church family our actual church and fellow believers that attend other churches. Jesus’ church of believers. It has been people that have had a true encounter with Jesus Christ themselves and have had God’s calling on their own lives that provide the unconditional support our family so desperately needs.
This blog is not to point fingers or to provide direct quotes of questions we have been asked. In general there is a lack of understanding as to why we keep on with all the sacrifices of time, finances, home, emotions, and actual abuse against us for someone who may never “get it”? Why do we keep on with all the inconveniences and scrutiny of “the system”?
This morning while working on the middle school girls Life group lesson God has helped bring this observation to a deeper level of understanding. The story of the “Good Samaritan” one that I have read in Luke 10:25-37 many times throughout my life provides the best answers to the questions we are asked.
God’s call on the life of those who choose to believe and follow Him is this… “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
How can a human being whose nature is all about self survival, preservation, pleasure and promotion give completely unconditionally to a stranger and possibly “the enemy”? It is all by the power of God’s love. It is coming to the understanding of how much God loves me even though I personally don’t deserve it. God has shown me an indescribable amount of mercy and it is only through Him I can show this kind of mercy to others. God has different plans for His people to show love to neighbors. His plan for our family for this season is exactly what we are doing right now.
This morning I was having a morning where I was fighting with my own human nature and feeling very tired of the “behaviors”. God’s word cut right to my core yet again.
I love a quote in the Wiersbe Bible Commentary I just read. ” The Samaritan identified with the needs of the stranger and had compassion on him. There was no logical reason why he should rearrange his plans and spend his money just to help an “enemy” in need, but mercy does not need reasons.”
I’m tired, I’m far from perfect, but God keeps speaking to my heart. He keeps telling me to press on, not to give up, and to give what ever it takes.