As we’re winding down our Thanksgiving weekend and festivities with family, we wanted to take a second to reflect on what we’re thankful for. This is something 4 years ago we would never have thought we would have been thankful for. We can both say now that we are thankful for the WAIT. Through 4 years of struggles with infertility, rigorous doctor visits and getting no response to the question why, we never thought that we would look back and thank God for that season in life. It was only around 4 to 5 months ago that we gained more insight into our adoption into God’s family. We knew it, but we didn’t KNOW it. We knew that we were adopted into God’s family, but did we fully understand to what depths we were adopted into God’s family. Until committing to the earthly adoption process, we don’t know that this truth was fully appreciated.
The verses in Ephesians 1:4-6 and the theme of adoption have never been so clear for us.
It says, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to Sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.”
We are sons of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus and included in God’s family. Whether you’re a male Christian or female Christian, you’re adopted into sonship. Sonship is important because sons receive their parent’s inheritance. Leigh and I will have an adopted child one day. Just like God see’s us as HIS own, we will see our child as our own. They will no longer be “unclaimed,” because we have claimed them. God has claimed us. He has stamped his name on our foreheads, just like we will stamp Watts on our child’s last name.
After realizing the truths of Ephesians 1:4-6, we are thankful that God made us wait. Had we not waited, we may not have fully understood the depths of our adoption into God’s family. To the Christian, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, because God has adopted us into his family. No other family has such high meaning and purpose in our lives. So now, with 100% confidence, we can both say…we’re thankful for the wait.
P.S. We're also thankful for Mallie, our Dog-ter, so we added a picture of her under our Christmas tree!