God’s Plan for a Family, not ours

When Seth and I were dating, we talked early on about what we envisioned for a future family.  We both wanted several kids.  We both wanted adoption to be part of the plan and not just a back up plan.

First day in the Joy House with all the kids, 2013

Fast forward a year — we were married and began planning to start our family.  We would talk about names, fun ways to tell our families, etc.  We had this hope, but it was in our own near sighted plans.  God had bigger and better plans for our family and having biological kids was not part of the picture like we thought they would be. Fast forward another year, and we are living in Haiti with seven kids under the age of 5. Crazy, right?  God had answered our prayer for a family even though it looks nothing like anything we could have ever imagined while we were dating.

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March 2014

Now, two years later, these kids are our family and we are theirs. But just like God had bigger plans for a family for Seth and I, he has bigger plans for each of these kids.  I often forget that our kids are orphans since our home operates like a “normal” home in so many ways.  But in a lot of other ways, we know that a forever family is what is best for these kids in the long run.  As much as I would love to keep these kids as my forever family, they have something so much bigger waiting for them on the other side of their time with us.

For some of our kids this is a reality in the making.  Sadness creeps in as I think about saying goodbye to these kids, but the hope for family keeps me joyful.  The hope that these kids will grow up in Christian homes with families that love them and will provide all they need spiritually, emotionally, and physically keeps me going. For others of our kids, this is still a real hope, but hope held in faith.  Faith that God has a family for them as well.  Knowledge that these kids deserve a home just like the others, and God knows that.  Hope that those families will respond to God’s call and allow him to change their idea of family and make it into something bigger and better.

Hope in scripture is never a “oh, I really wish this will happen” kind of hope.  The hope in scripture is a sure thing.

“waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing if the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13

“‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'” Lamentations 3:24

“And as we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish . . .we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul . . .” Excerpts from Hebrews 6:11-20

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

Why is our hope so sure?  Because the One who promised the hope is faithful! I can continue to have confidence in this hope because of who God is.

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IMG_2400Melissa Johnson
Joy House Parent
Children of the Promise