Their latest treasure is Miss Ruby Grace, who they announced they would be adopting here. Tiny Ruby stole her daddy's heart while they were in Uganda last month. And their latest trip, he did everything he could to take care of this precious girl. She weighed 6 pounds when they met her, though she was already 10 months old. She has hydrocephalus, a condition occurs where water collects on the brain. In this case, it is due to her malnourishment. This baby was starved. When they found her at the baby home last month, she was unable to keep any type of food down at all. This past week, they were able to feed her in teeny-tiny bits at a time.
They posted pictures of their precious new daughter, who was left to die- but destined by God to live. My heart broke.
Many ask why. Why would 50-year old parents adopt a baby at all, much less a baby with special needs? Why would parents of 14 children adopt again?
But here's the truth. We as Christians are not called to ask why. We are called to say Yes, Lord, here am I. I mean honestly, who are we to say or do anything but that? Somehow we HAVE to get out of this mindset that our lives are for us. Because they're not. We don't get to live this life for us, and then come back again and serve the needy, care for the orphan, and feed the hungry on Round #2. This isn't a game.
I don't know how to live like that. I don't know that I want to live like that. I write on this blog about how convicted I am, how challenged and encouraged i am to strive to live a life that reflects Christ. But when it really comes down to it, that's a scary thing to actually live out. When you surrender yourself to the Lord like DW and Linny have, BIG things happen. Yet- those BIG things have been beautiful. They have a huge, beautiful family. They have children who once lived in an orphanage, who now know the love of a family and most importantly the love of Jesus.
So as I wrestle through this issue, I want to say YES, Lord, here am I. And if that means adopting a tiny little girl from Uganda with special needs, then I will trust our big God to give me a huge, heaping load of trust and strength.
What big things, or what little things is the Lord asking you to say YES to right now?
He has Spoken
Broken, burdened, feeling lost
Wanting to serve at any cost.
Amazed by my selfishness, blindness, and pride
I act as if I’m the only one in this life.
And then I’m reminded, it shatters me still;
That the children are dying, hungry, ill
My eyes dart away from the face on the screen.
She just can’t be real, it must be a bad dream.
But this precious little girl was somebody’s daughter,
So sick and disabled is she that nobody wants her.
But someone has to love her, someone has to care.
Some has to choose, a jump of faith, a love dare.
This tiny body is perfect in the eyes of her Creator,
A normal life she may not live, but it will glorify the Savior.
What road will we choose? The one of safety, comfort?
Or will we choose to let go and live the one of joy, hurt?
I am crying to Jesus to show me the way
I want to walk the road that makes me trust him day by day
I so long to bring Him glory, serve forgotten, hurting, broken,
And I hold His hand with confidence, knowing He has spoken.