Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm in the club!

Well, it's happened. I have officially become one of "those" people. You know the ones. Those crazy people who have more than 3 kids. And 3 is pushing it. Not to say that Biruk and Hana are officially ours yet. Just that I have received "the look" and the comments that accompany it. "You can stop now." Really? Did God talk to you about me lately? He told you I was to stop? I've filled my quota?
That's not what I heard. When I read the bible, I realize I am never supposed to stop. What ever God tells me to do, I am supposed to do it. I have never read about a time frame. John chapter 2 tells the story about the first miracle Jesus did- turning water into wine. I love what Mary tells the servants in verse 5. She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, "Whatever he tells you, do it."


Of course we've heard this from Mary before. She embodies the spirit we are supposed to have. Back when the angel told her she was to be the mother of Jesus. "Let it be to me as you have said." What ever God tells her to do, she will do it. In this case she was talking to servants. Well, if you are a Christian, you are a servant of Jesus, and she's talking to you too.

What does Paul have to say?
Galatians 1:10 Do you think I am trying to make people accept me? No, God is the One I am trying to please. Am I trying to please people? If I still wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.


It is so liberating. I don't care how people look at me. I only care how Jesus looks at me. Am I pleasing him? Am I serving him? I am his servant.

I have been given the privilege of serving him by taking care of his orphaned children. I get to be their mom.

Oh dear Jesus, bring it on. My arms are open, my heart is yours. What ever you tell me to do, give me the ability to do it.

I am proud to be in the club!


Lauren said...

Boy do I ever know that look. I see it all the time as I walk into a store or church or preschool--"Wow! you have 3 kids 4 and under and you're adopting 1 more?" That wow is code for you're crazy. But you're right when the Lord calls you to do something you do it and the blesses flow:)
I hope your court date goes well. I'm excited to hear about it.

Nancy said...

Bereket and I were just discussing obedience after we watched the Nativity Story. The absolute commitment that Mary and Joseph had when they went against all odds to carry out God's mission despite the personal risks. They completely trusted Him. This quote is so true: "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans."

Bring it on!

traci said...

I thought I would start getting the look when we became an biracial family. Maybe I got the look and didn't notice, but I really don't think so. At least so far, everyone is very accepting of Mel and his place in our family. I am really only seeing the large family prejudice.
I am not sure what that is saying about our culture, but I think it's a step in the right direction. Although it's a bit like the the fact that it seems fat prejudice is the last acceptable form of prejudice. Well that along with Christianity. I guess I could gain 40lbs and go for the trifecta!
Just kidding.
I think my new battle cry really is "bring it on!" It works for so many things!
Bring it on!

Tami said...

I hear ya sister! We only have four and I get 'the look' all the time.
You're right. When the LORD calls, you obey. Keep obeying. ;>)

Laurel said...

Great post!

Years ago ... we said, "Bring it on, Lord." and he has blessed us with 13 children. And, we continue to walk in FAITH, wanting only HIS best for our family ... no matter how "strange" and "crazy" our family looks.

Laurel :)