Friday, September 23, 2011

Forever Family Friday

I wrote this post once already. It wasn't worth reading. I asked some friends to pray for me. I can't seem to find the "right" words. I realized after sometime in prayer myself that I can't do the job of the Holy Spirit. I can share my heart and be a willing instrument that God uses, but I can't convict hearts. No matter how many times I look at this precious boy and feel overcome with emotion. Only God can change hearts.

I know this from our own adoption journey. God spoke to me about adopting a child with special needs long before he began to deal with Marty's heart. I shared with Marty and pleaded with him to feel the same way, but not until I took my hands off of the situation and allowed God and Marty time to work it out together, did anything happen. After some serious time in prayer and a sermon or two that spoke directly to Marty, he came to me and said, "Let's do it, because we can't do anything else." Since then we have both fallen in love with two boys on the other side of the ocean. It was our But God moment.

When I first wrote this post, I wanted to persuade you to "see" things my way. I wanted you to "feel" about this child the way that I do. I have realized, now, that I need to be praying for you to have a But God moment of your own. The moment where God changes your view of things to his view. He "sees" things so much clearer than I do, anyway. So, I'm going to share a little boy with you and pray that God will speak to your heart.

This is Tony. Tony is 12 years old and, yes, this picture is recent. Tony has down syndrome and no other medical conditions, aside from those caused by years of neglect and malnutrition. Please take a few minutes and read about Tony on his Reece's Rainbow profile. Now, pray and ask God to allow you to really "see" Tony the way he sees Tony. God knit Tony together. He created him with a purpose. Is God asking you to help Tony achieve his purpose?

I can't see it or feel it for anyone else. I can only be accountable with the things God has shown me. A large part of that accountability for me involves sharing Tony with you.

"Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person." Proverbs 3:27

Pray, Adopt, Advocate, Support...

Hidden in Christ,

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully written....i love your honesty and especially your heart! love you