Wednesday, July 27, 2016

our resounding yes

"You can hear God in everything, and miss him in anything."  Ken Hesler

Today, a mama and a daddy walked through the doors of a courthouse to finalize the adoption of their three children and I was almost undone at the privilege of capturing those moments.  This mama who had labored for years with paperwork and prayer.  These little hands held, their hearts full. The extended family present, dressed up and beaming.  It was all so beautiful but what really got me was the part when the lawyer was done speaking and the judge looked squarely at the parents and had one more question.  Did they understand that these children are heirs with all lawful rights to inheritance equal to that of a biological child- that there was no difference?  

The mama and the daddy nodded a proud and happy, unreserved and resounding yes.

Yes, yes, yes.

Is there anything else they wanted more?

Just the night before, my girls and I watched Priscilla Shirer's session 6 of her Armor of God bible study on my television screen as she unpacked what it meant to put on the helmet of salvation.  Our salvation is our identity in Christ- it is our liberation, she explained.  And we are adopted daughters of God and our Father is blessed ("our Daddy is fat (phat?), y'all- BLESSED- and you are his daughter and you are blessed too!" - she is an amazing preacher for sure- makes me smile big).

And I had just walked among the great big sky at midnight wayyyyyyy out in the country with little Asher a few nights before- us so small and stars so big - and I told him the story about Abraham and how Abraham just looked up and just believed and that was enough for God.  Abraham was in.  And when we believe, we're in too.

And so when the judge asked those happy parents that question about the inheritance, it just went WHOOSH over my heart.  Our Heavenly Father adopts us and lavishes his love on us and we are heirs as his children.  It is an unreserved and resounding YES for us, too.

Is there anything else He's ever wanted more?

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan." Ephesians 1:3-11 (NLT)


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