Here are some of the words used to define ‘persistent’: relentless, unrelenting, haunting, lasting, tenacious, steady, lasting, enduring, constantly repeated, continued, ‘persisting especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, or discouragement.’ Passion is defined as fervor, zeal, ardor; any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.
Persistent Passion. You can put any of the words above into the equation and the solution is always the same- I have a persistent passion for children in foster care. It is a persistent passion that is certainly not always understood, even by family and friends, and is often times misunderstood by the world or the system; but those factors don’t change the fact that God has put into my DNA a relentless fervor for vulnerable children.
This week my mailbox has been filled with a mixed bag of foster care stories. I have heard from two foster moms who are dealing with the devastating thought of losing children they planned to adopt; children who have been with them for over a year and whose lives hang in the balance. On the other hand, one of my good friends finalized an adoption today for two precious boys that she and her husband fought long and hard for. And yet another friend out-of-state wrote with great relief that the adoption hearing for their two girls in next week. And then, I was asked a poignant question by yet another foster mom who was at the end of her rope; “why, tell me why do we do this?”
It’s a great question. Why do we do this? The reality is very complex, but the answer is simple: Persistent Passion. We, who are called to foster, are not satisfied with the status quo. We are not willing to sit back and watch as children suffer abuse and neglect, or worse yet, to ignore that abuse and neglect even exist. We are determined that on our watch, children will be given the chance they deserve to be loved, nurtured, valued and cherished. We believe in a heavenly Father who can pick us up where we are and use us in spite of our frailties. We are undaunted by a system that is broken and by people within that system who don’t believe it, or the children in it, can be rehabilitated. We stand on the command that ‘true religion that God the Father accepts is to look after widows and orphans in their distress..’ We may falter, we may grieve, we may get angry and exhausted, but we will not be moved. Persistent passion…it’s what keeps me going when I don’t want to, when the grief or the sacrifice it too much to bear, when I can’t answer the question ‘why?’ and no one seems to understand.
Persistent Passion…relentless, lasting, steady. Foster children deserve nothing less.