by Pastor Mark Jordan
“God destined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ because of his love. This was according to his goodwill and plan…” (Ephesians 1:5, CEB)
Today is a big day in our family. It is Mia’s Gotcha Day, or the third anniversary of when we took custody of her with the plan to finalize her adoption the very next day. And since she had just turned three at the time, we now can hold her knowing she was with us for a longer time than she was in an orphanage or hospital.
That whole process, which took us just under two years from start to finish, was filled with God’s intervention. It is perhaps the most illustrative time in my life where God showed up and showed out, revealing a plan of hope and healing.
Just before we traveled to China for that Gotcha Day, I had a dream about how the first encounter would go. Tiffany and I walked into a small room, and a social worker brought this shy and timid child to us. Tiffany bent over and said to Mia in a very sweet mommy voice, “We are yours.” The event didn’t play out anything like that, except of course, the fact that a very scared child was brought to us and told we were her parents. And because of the dream, I was the one who told Mia (in a language she had never likely heard before), “We are yours.”
God very intentionally uses the theme of adoption throughout Scripture to help us understand the lengths He went to so we can be His. But remember that God desires relationship. He doesn’t just want you to know that you are His, but He is yours. We see this spelled out in Jeremiah 32:38, “They will be my people, and I will be their God.”
God has you, and wants you to know that He is yours. If you gave your life to God days or decades ago, give thanks and remember how God showed up and showed out to let you know you are His. If you haven’t accepted God’s offer of love and forgiveness, consider making today your Gotcha Day for God’s forever family. He longs to come to you, and with Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit, sweetly say, “We are yours.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love and choosing me as your own. I praise you in Jesus Christ. Amen.