There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about children in foster care waiting for an adoptive family. Some days it may just be a flicker through my thoughts and other days it is a fire that I just can’t seem to extinguish. The faces of the kids I know personally who have been waiting for years are always in the back of my mind. I even find myself saying out loud ‘who are we going to find to adopt these kids’?
And yet, time marches on. Days turn into weeks that turn into months that turn into years for some of these kids. The end result is kids that age out of the system that has been their only home. And in aging out they are set up for some incredibly difficult times (with statistics to back it up); homelessness, unemployment, lack of education, incarceration, sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, addiction, etc.
Sometimes I lose hope. There I said it. Sometimes it seems like there is nothing I can do to help find families for these kids; no program, no meeting, no coercion, no cutesy taglines or posters, no arm-twisting, guilt-placing, scripture-quoting that will move people to act. Other times I have to look deep into my own life; my thoughts, my selfishness, my laziness, my unwillingness to push harder and farther to get the word out about the need. The world tells me I should lighten up, get some rest, take a little time and I know that burning the candle at both ends is neither healthy, nor productive. But at the same time, these kids need families. They deserve families. And it is going to take out of the box, over the top, unconventional, ‘un-comfort’ producing sacrifice to get them what they deserve. Every day I choose to do nothing; every day someone pushes the ‘call’ to the back of their heart, every day that the church pretends not to notice the fatherless children in our country and around the world, is another lost day in the life of a child who is waiting.
There is hope. But this hope requires action. And this action requires our submission and obedience. What comes with the hope and the action and the submission and the obedience is the beautiful knowledge that God has chosen to use us, and that through His using us, our lives and the lives of waiting children are changed forever. Time’s awastin’- what are you waiting for?
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it!” Proverbs 3:27