Once again I am preparing myself to pack up another child’s room. Once again I feel the sting of grief. My hope is that as my heart is shattered into more pieces that God can use those pieces to love that much more greatly through me.
As Mike and I think and look back we feel no regrets. I pray and ask God was there something else that needed to be said or done. There is nothing, but a peace He gives that we did all we could. We loved whole heartedly we provided chances, forgiveness, teaching, true sacrificial giving of time, energy, and resources.
There has been nothing that has painted a better picture of what Christ has done for each and every human being than this ministry of Foster care. We are born into a sinful and broken world. Why are innocent children abused and neglected at such a young age? Why are so many people succumbed to addictions to drugs and alcohol? Why are we so prideful and full of ourselves? Why are we so selfish? Why are we so ungrateful? Why do people who show nothing but love and kindness get taken advantage of? It is all because of sin. God gave us all freewill. I can not make choices for any other human being and can only control my own.
We become comfortable in our situations of sin self inflicted or inflicted by others. It is what we know. It is why so many victims of domestic violence just keep returning to the abuser. When love steps in, when God calls to a person’s soul, we become uncomfortable. We start to realize there is something far greater and bigger than us and it is scary. The thing about our human nature is that so often we start to see and realize what true love, true abundant life can be and we sabotage it. We retreat back to old ways because it is what we know. Our sinful habits are what we think will make us happy. It is a deceitful lie that leads us down a painful and deadly path.
The image of Jesus dying on the cross taking all my sin and shame as well as every human being’s remains the strength that keeps me going. Christ was rejected by his very own. He is rejected every minute of every day. So many curse Him, turn their backs on Him, and run straight into the pit of destruction He came to save them from.
Oh, but when a person finally does realize their great and desperate need of His love and forgiveness that is when life truly begins. Life is hard and the consequences of our own bad choices are very hard. God gave us a way out of the pit. He gave us a way to true life through Jesus Christ. As my relationship deepens more and more I yearn for each breath I take to be for Jesus. Because of my own sinful nature I still have so much to learn about full surrender and trust. The more I breath Him in the deeper my peace, joy, and realization of how loved I am becomes.
My heart breaks when the love I give is rejected. I can only imagine how Jesus feels to have paid the penalty for all sin through death on the cross only to be rejected by so many. In fact the love I give doesn’t even come from me it is Christ loving through me.
So my eyes will continue to look that much more intently on Jesus and His way. Everything I do is for His Glory and not mine. God has a plan and perfect will. My hope and trust is that anything done for His Glory will not go in vain and that He will take the seeds planted and continue to water His truth on them.
Philippians 2:1-5 “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and one of mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…”