In that moment, time stopped. It was like God was speaking to me directly. "Mary Beth, you thickheaded woman, do you not understand now that this is the very way I see you? You are this orphan! I adopted you and you are mine! I bought you with a price! Do you see how you love this baby? That's just a reflection of how much I love you! You didn't have a name, and I gave you a name. You did nothing to deserve my love and I love you anyway. You had no hope, no future, and now you are the daughter of the King!" I saw it. The second she was placed in my arms, I would have fought to the death to protect her. I loved her with everything inside of me. "Do you get it now?" God was saying to me. Under the blanket, this baby was wrapped in rags. She was poor. She didn't smell good. She was hungry. There was nothing about her that had "earned" my love. but I loved her powerfully, deeply, absolutely. Period. I got it.
That says it all to me. I might have missed this miracle if I had listened to the messages of society instead of the voice of God. By no means would I ever say that everyone should adopt. But I do believe that we all have a command and a responsibility to care for orphans. We can pray, give, go, minister, and most of all be as positive and as supportive of adoption as we are about birth children. Learn about using correct adoption language. I once had a stranger stop me, my child within hearing range, and tell me that someday I would have a daughter of my own and then acted offended when I assured her that I already did. Not that I was so shocked. I know how I once viewed adoption and my change came only by God's grace. Now I look at every orphan and think, That could have been my child! I constantly hear Christians preaching about being pro life, but rarely hear them promoting adoption. Don't they go together? I understand that unless you've been there you just might not see it. But, to me adoption is not a word that should be interchanged with trees, ducks, dogs and rivers. It is a picture of what God did for me on the cross and what I experienced on a beautiful September day in China.