I’ve had the opportunity lately to talk to several ‘young’ foster moms. I am convinced that God is moving in miraculous ways in the lives of these women (and the children they are blessed to care for). There is, however, something I think is worth saying to them and to you (and to me, for that matter!) Here it is…..you can’t do everything.
Foster care is by nature a sacrificial process. It requires that we put aside our agenda, our schedules, our very selves in order to fulfill the calling that God has placed on our hearts. That said, we can also have times when we feel defeated, let down, weary, worn out and even like a failure. Those emotions are NOT in God’s plan. He wants us to ‘cast all of our cares on Him, for He cares for us’. Sometimes that is easier said than done when the day- to-day trials and chaos of foster care overshadow our spiritual eyes. Times when our own expectations or the expectations of others dictate what we do, instead of what the Father wants us to do. It is okay to say no to a new placement. It is okay to prayerfully bow out of ministries or organizations that you have been a part of, (for a season or for good). It is okay to have laundry waiting to be folded or dishes needing to be done. You are doing a great work. You are a missionary with a ripe field that needs harvesting. Other things can wait….hurting kids who need nurturing and love and forgiveness and hope- can’t.
God knows our faults and frailties, yet He is still willing to supply all of the mercy and grace we need to live out His plan. I think His words for you today might be “well done; good and faithful servant”. :)