What's the Point?
I was recently having a conversation with a friend about our adoption. We were talking about the process and the pressure I feel at times regarding some big decisions. Decisions like choosing the right country, identifying the right special needs we can care for, and the ages that would fit our family. These decisions can feel so big. My friend sweetly reminded me that one of the biggest factors in this adoption is giving a child an opportunity to experience the Gospel. That simple statement was huge for me. What's the point of all of this? What's the point of my relationship with my friends, family,and children? For God to be glorified and the Gospel to be known. I get so caught up in my dream for my life. I get easily distracted from the main point. This isn't all there is to life. When Paul speaks of light and momentary afflictions in 2 Corinthians 4, he isn't minimizing the trials and suffering we face. He was emphasizing the incredible Glory we will experience when we are in Heaven, worshipping our Savior for all of eternity. In light of this, why do I get overwhelmed by the things in this life that I feel I am missing out on?
My prayer is that I can grow in humble excitement for what God is doing to further His kingdom through our family. If He can be glorified best through things I may not have chosen for my life, then may I fully and excitedly surrender my plan for His glory and for my good. What God is doing has less to do with my desires and more to do with making me more like Him and drawing others to Himself. May we continually remind each other what the real point is. May we remember that these sorrows are light compared with the incredible glory we will fully know in His presence.