Oliver is Here!

The Herald-News
October 16, 2013

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

Thank you for patiently journeying with me in these columns through the maze of adoption. Our newborn adoptive grandson is apparently part of the family now. I say “apparently” since most of the legal barriers have been conquered, yet there is still some uncertainty about where the birth father is and if he wants any part of his biological son.

This leads to an irrefutable, crystal clear, rock-solid, wonder of wonders: There is no uncertainty about God’s heart for us. He is for children and their lives, and gives a prominent place to them in His kingdom. Strikingly, He calls those that follow His Son “children of God.” All the gold on earth is insignificant compared to these realities.

I think of three sweet reminders that linger worthy of praise to The Father in this sacred journey. Initially, there is the glorious doctrine of our adoption. Born again, we have been brought into the family of God. Ephesians 1:5 plunges into deep waters with a few simple words, “He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.” This alone draws us to a lifetime of study and worship.

The mysterious processes of God also come to mind. Our family marvels at how God brought together a chain of links in two states. One miracle: when Oliver was born an adoption lawyer had to be found on a Saturday in an unfamiliar city—and was.

Last, consider the sacrifice of Oliver’s new parents and siblings, choosing to live courageously and intentionally in the kingdom of God now—risks and all. The financial costs and emotional drama(s) of adoption attempts are real.

These reminders are serious but safe destinations for travelers with Christ, nestled in His strong arms.

There is humor in Oliver’s coming, too. Now I have to refresh my skill at handling public restroom duties with grandsons. I raised girls, so this whole subject is a challenge. How grateful I am for my other grandson, Wilder, who gave me plenty of practice. But my skills are rusty. Pray for Oliver.

The seriousness and joy of adoption come together in Romans 8:15 (above). The mood of the verse is uninhibited enthusiasm; the basis is the work of God in adopting us out of slavery and fear; the response is high moments of worship—personal, joyful cries to God who is “Abba! Father!” Abba is a respectful, energetic address of affection from adoring children to a doting Father who has deliberately brought us into His family. Adopted children, freed from their orphanage of separation and despair—real and/or spiritual—now delight in the presence of their heavenly Father who is King and Savior and Abba—Daddy—all at once.

I wonder: Will I think of God’s adoption of me the first time Oliver calls me Popi?


2 Responses to “Oliver is Here!”

  1. 1 Gam-ma McDaniel October 25, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Oliver – the culmination of hope, disappointment, hope renewed, apprehension, excitement, anxiety amidst the fervent prayers, and finally , incredible joy! The thrill of welcoming this newest little one into our extended family is sweet!


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