ONE MORE CHAIR
Romans 9 says “His purpose is not a hit-or-miss thing dependent on what we do or don’t do, but a sure thing determined by His decision, flowing steady from His initiative…God has the first word, initiating the action in which we play our part for good or for ill.”
Adoption is something that God began initiating in our hearts long ago. Probably when He pulled us into His family even though we wouldn’t have realized it. I have a few dozen stories about how He has nudged us and shaped us, grown our hearts, and shown us His will. This is just one little piece of our adoption story.
Orphan Sunday a little over 3 years ago, I had the opportunity to help shape a church service specifically geared towards the call of James 1:27. A bunch of people passionate about caring for orphans gathered to share their stories, and hopefully open eyes and change and grow hearts. One of my friends, whose family has adopted as well, made and displayed this card that read “The Lord will always make room for one more chair at your table.” It was a huge encouragement to me. You see, I knew that God was gently whispering to me about heading down this journey but, I was struggling to wrap my head around all the silly stuff. “Our house isn’t big enough and how in the world could we afford to do that?” There were all kinds of things in the house that would make me stop and think “but, how?” We didn’t have enough bedrooms and we had already squeezed in a 5th chair at our 4 chair dining table. When I read this, it reminded me that I didn’t have to worry about any of this. If God intended for us to do this, he would take care of all of it. So, I went home and painted myself a reminder.
This painting has hung on the wall by our dining table ever since. Every time I walk by it, I am reminded that it’s not my job to fret about the little things. It’s not my job to know how everything is going to work out. It’s just my job to be obedient. As Jason and I continued to pray and take leaps of faith and be obedient, God began to align things. He began to put things in order in more amazing ways that we could have asked or imagined. Every step of the way has had total confirmation that we are walking in His will. So, when we moved into the bigger house (that He provided) with more room for our growing family, I hung this painting on the wall in our dining room and went in search of extra chairs for our now larger dining table. And what better color than red? We now have an extra chair and a whole lot of extra love and joy with our little one from China. I am so thankful now that I believed this to be true and took a leap of faith.
I even have an extra red chair as another reminder that God is always making room for someone extra in our lives. Sometimes He is making more physical room so that what is already in our hearts can be possible. Other times He is working in us to make extra room in our hearts for others. So, if God is nudging you, I would encourage you to take a leap of faith. Whether it’s for the neighbor next door or in a far away country, He promises to bless you through it. Just as He has blessed us.