Ask, Seek, Knock

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

– Matthew 7:7-8

When I was a kid (this is Michael) I thought that maybe I could ask for a million bucks and it would be “given unto me.” 🙂

Recently I reflected on this scripture and was struck by how it applies to our current journey through the adoption of our little boy. Adoption was always in the back of our minds, but we thought we were done, and told plenty of people that we were!

When my sister-in-law Julie Pierce helped organize an orphan care summit at her church in the spring of 2012, we prayed that God would show us what he wanted us to do… In other words, we knocked… and the door was opened.

We couldn’t deny that we felt called to do something after the summit, and we talked and prayed and researched a lot of avenues of adoption. We sought, and we found that God was calling us to adopt a little boy from China’s special needs program.

As many of you know, we did not have the resources to embark on this adventure, but we felt confident that God was calling us to adopt. We asked, and He has given us the resources! Through fundraising, grants, freelance work and teaching at Columbus State on the side (I work full-time for Nationwide), and from gifts from friends and family we are bringing our boy home soon!

I wanted to post this in honor of “Orphan Sunday,” which is tomorrow. It is a day for Christians to stand for the orphan… to defend the fatherless …to care for the child that has no family… to visit orphans in their distress (to read more about the origins, check out this link on the Christian Alliance for Orphans website: http://orphansunday.org/about/).

Whether or not your church recognizes Orphan Sunday (ours doesn’t), we wanted to make sure it was on your radar and to encourage you to ask, seek and knock. God does not call everyone to adopt, but He does call us to care for orphans… Have you ever thought about adoption? Foster care? Supporting a ministry that provides care to orphans? Funding adoptions or sponsoring a child?

In honor of Orphan Sunday, we ask you to please pray for our little Jude, other families who are in the adoption process, and the 17.8 million orphans in the world.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

Here’s a cool video to finish out this post.

 

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