Thursday, March 18th
Romans 8: 12-27
Have you ever heard someone say, adoption is God’s idea? I had heard people say that for many years; then one day I caught myself saying it! It is, you know. Why, even in the very familiar bible verse from chapter 3 of John’s gospel, we are told that God so loved the world, that he gave His son to ‘whosoever’. This, as well as many other places in scripture, sends a clear message that Gods love extends to ALL. Gods deep yearning and longing for intimacy with his creation-humans-is very evident all through the Bible.
As I read the verses from Romans, chapel 8, for this Lenten meditation, I found myself thinking a lot of the power of God’s love in light of adoption, furthermore adoption in general and how beautiful the idea, God’s idea. The writer Paul paints a beautiful and descriptive picture of how we are in fact the children of God – not because of slavery and it’s bonds, but rather by freely receiving the gift of adoption. He goes on to say that we should cry out, Abba Father (calling God, Papa or Daddy, when we pray). That is quite a remarkable thought for me to process, that the Creator of all things is my Papa! That phrase in itself, is a special nod to intimacy and family closeness.
Being a family that has been intimately touched and forever changed by the beautiful idea of adoption, I can say that I have experienced and live, day to day with the power of that love. It is difficult to articulate at times, it is a supernatural miracle, of that I am sure. And my prayer is that the power of that miracle of love is never lost or forgotten. It’s pure and precious, even holy and most certainly Gods idea. If we as humans sense these overwhelming emotions as strongly as I have just tried to explain, how much more does God desire this intimacy with us?
These words hang on my wall as a constant reminder of the extravagant love of God, “…see what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God, and that is exactly what we are…” (1 John 3:1).