On a chilly day in April 2006 my husband, Cory, entered a Mongolian orphanage. He walked around the clean, sterile environment and noticed the children observing him. This tall, strange man who suddenly appeared in their very private world. Out of the many orphans in the room there was one destined to be our child; he had already been chosen.
Power of love
As Cory entered the nursery, he quickly spotted Bayarra, the name given to our baby boy whose face he had memorized from a single photo sent to us. As he peered into the crib, Bayarra quizzically looked up at him. He gently lifted him and embraced his son; a fragile, premature, four-pound baby abandoned at birth. Bayarra’s well-meaning caregivers cautioned us that his development may be affected due to his weak condition. What they didn’t understand was the power that love and adoption into an eager family would have on his life.
Most of us can relate to feeling alone, confused or worn down by life’s circumstances. We seek an enveloping acceptance deep in our soul. It seems this ache is part of human existence to help us acknowledge our need for a Savior.
Jesus chooses and loves us
We sometimes let the fear of being ignored and forgotten define us more than the assurance that we are chosen and loved, but we have a Deliverer who never forgets us and always chooses to call us His own.
When Jesus came to earth and died, He chose us, and eagerly awaits our arrival. Once we say yes to God, the story continues as He gently lifts us from places of loneliness and despair.
“My choice is you, God, first and only…and then you made me an heir.” Psalm 16:5
We are all adopted and heirs
Adoption into God’s family makes us heirs to all His promises. We can trust that we are worthy, beloved and not impostors with something to prove.
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant…God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!” Romans 8:15-17
How do we live adventurously expectant?
My adopted son lives with an incredible amount of confidence and expectancy in his life which is rooted in his sense of belonging. He knows he is loved and is free from the trap of feeling unworthy.
As a chosen one, we too can walk with more confidence and a sense of belonging living “adventurously expectant” of what God is doing.
“So, what do you think? With God on our side how can we lose?” Romans 8:31
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Mary Rooney Armand loves to write about inspiring faith based stories. She focuses on helping others grow in their intimacy with Christ and thrive in their personal relationships. Mary lives in New Orleans with her husband Cory and four children. Besides writing, she teaches Bible Studies and leads small groups. In 2020 she developed ButterflyLiving and a Bible Study titled “Identity” which is available on Amazon. To learn more visit maryarmand.com.