July 5th, 2013. It was one month after we moved back home. It was the day after our large 4th of July party. It was the day the kids left. These five we’d cared for over the last fifteen months were moving to a new home. I was unable to continue caring for them. It all hurt.
The enemy threatened to tell me that our efforts were all for nought. Was it really worth giving up so much to be a foster mom if you can’t continue? God allowed me to walk through the fire of one of my deepest fears. When I had to let go, I had to trust that He was taking care of it all. And he was.
That morning, a young boy found the gift of calling on Jesus. This child fought the hardest to be loved and to show love. His battles were the likes of which most people would give up on. It was critical that he knew he was not alone. It was critical that I knew the same.
When you don’t know what the future will bring, when you are powerless to control the love and safety of a child, you realize that they need to call on the one person who will never leave them. As a parent, you also realize how much you must rely on him day after day, because truly you cannot control their future.
After several months of being in our home he allowed us to help him calm down at night. With all of the children I often whispered that Jesus would always be with them. I tried to instill in their hearts that He was trustworthy, that He heard their cries and that He was the one whom they could always call out to.
So he did. He called on the name of Jesus.
He had an ear infection and I was powerless to stop the pain at that very moment. I did what I could to help and asked him to pray. “Jesus, please help me,” he prayed out loud from another room. The enemies’ lies were thwarted. This loving, ministering, fostering thing, it really was so meaningful.
The loving & ministering we do for anyone in our lives, it is meaningful. Despite what we see, when it is for the Lord, it is for a great purpose. God wants us to know this deep in our hearts and live like we believe it.
as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Whether it is our children, our spouse, our neighbor or our enemy, we can serve and we can let the light of Christ live through us. It is done for things which we cannot see.
We can trust in what is unseen by believing in, and setting our beliefs on, the One who sees it all.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
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