“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” Galatians 4:7-9
We have always known that our lives with adopted sons would not be rainbows and butterflies. We knew that abandonment and neglect would affect their lives in different ways. We knew that there would be hurdles in our lives, but as we are now currently in a row of hurdles, they feel more like mountains to try to jump over.
There comes a point when the answers we have given to the missing pieces of Malachi’s life just are not enough for him. Mixed with being uprooted, thrown into a culture and language he does not understand, “failing” a grade, and much more, Malachi needs a different kind of attention and care than we were previously giving him. His heart is hurting, and rightly so. Yet how it comes out of his little heart looks like hate, anger, and fear. Even to the point of him telling us he is flying back to Ethiopia alone.
He does not understand the great sacrifice that we made to adopt him. He does not understand the years of praying, hoping, and waiting for just a picture of him. He cannot even begin to fathom the huge difference that his adoption has made in his current life, and in his future destiny. He does not understand how much he is loved and accepted. You might ask, “what is wrong with him?”
The question really is, “what is wrong with us?” We have been adopted by God the Father through Jesus Christ into a family we do not deserve. We have been given every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) yet we continually slap God in the face by our irreverence, blatant sin, fear, lack of faith, and so on…
Why do we doubt our own adoption as sons and daughters of God? Is it because our way seems better than God ways? Is it because we can not trust the unseen? Is it because we have not realized the hand of God in our lives that has kept away hard times in the past, and now it just seems like too much to handle?
Wherever you are in your “adoption journey” please know this: We have a good Father that loves us unconditionally. We have a Father that forgives every time we turn our back on Him. We have a Father that is just waiting for us to return home just like the Prodigal Son.
You are loved. You have been adopted. Stop fighting your adoption and run into the loving arms of Father God through Jesus Christ.
We are all adopted, some of us just got adopted twice.