Kampala – “Adoption”
A young missionary couple that I have stayed with are in the process of adopting a little girl from Uganda. They have lived here for nearly a year for the sole purpose of completing this adoption. They were initially missionaries among the Tibetan people in China while trying to adopt. After being turned down several times, they finally came across an option that would allow them to potentially adopt if they served as a guardian for several years in-country in Uganda. Thus they picked up and move here in an effort to complete the process. Their story reminds me of how Christ sacrificed to adopt us into His family. The purchase of our adoption was not an easy or effortless process. He too was required to “move” from heaven to earth and live among us in an effort to purchase our freedom from sin with His life. As I watch the interactions of this precious, soon-to-be official family, it is fascinating to see this little Ugandan’s identity changing from one of an orphan, to a much loved and doted on daughter. 1 Peter 2 speaks to this identity change: “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” This precious child, who back in March knew no such love, is experiencing what it means to be a family with all the rights and freedoms of an American and this will be her new identity. Just as with earthly adoption, spiritual adoption’s often biggest struggle is embracing the new identity we have in Christ. We cannot fathom why someone would risk so much to bring us into their family. This is where is Christian life is lived…in a state of disbelief and therefore in need of continual reminder that “His kindly rule has replaced sin’s tyranny” (Valley of Vision). May we never lose this wonder!
Written by Gabe Llewellyn