Search the faces of the Cap Haitian orphanage for Carinette… The girl with the long nose and bushy hair and a handful of photos… The photos bear the images of her future family. She’s been adopted.
Her adoptive parents are friends of mine. They brought her pictures, a teddy bear, granola bars, and cookies. Carinette shared the goodies and asked the director to guard her bear, but she keeps the pictures. They remind her of her home-to-be. Within a month, two at the most, she’ll be there. She knows the day is coming… Any day now her father will appear. He came once to claim her. He’ll come again to carry her home. Till then she lives with a heart headed home.
Shouldn’t we all? Our Father paid us a visit too. Have we not been claimed? Adopted? … God searched you out. Before you knew you needed adopting, he’d already filed the papers and selected the wallpaper for your room.
(Come Thirsty, Max Lucado)
How wonderful to know that not only am I adopted, but that my Father is coming to take me home. It is good for me to remember that I’m living in a strange place, a strange land, an orphanage, if you will. The earth was never meant to be my permanent home. God wants me to long for my home in heaven. And I do.
I’m loving the Beth Moore study, Living Beyond Yourself (this morning’s lesson on the seven ministries of the Holy Spirit was excellent), but I have found myself missing my daily Bible reading as well. A ten year reading habit is hard to break (thankfully). So I have decided to add reading the Two Year Bible to my study and devotional time. Instead of reading through the Bible in one year, this one takes two years, except for Psalms and Proverbs which will be read through twice.
And how is your new year in the Word progressing?
In the grip of His grace,