Rockin' Adoption

Behind Enemy Lines

I remember reading somewhere about someone talking about how the enemy hates adoption. I definitely believe this. I think he creeps into the hearts of our friends, family, and even strangers and attacks us. As cheesy as it may sound, we are battling a spiritual warfare. I don’t expect everyone to understand why I want to adopt, or even for them to want to adopt themselves. I certainly don’t judge people who don’t have it in their hearts to do so. Its not for everyone. I wish it were. But its not. And I can deal.
What I do expect is for people to respect our decision. I think we’ve felt really attacked lately and as frustrating as it is, it will not defeat us. We have been called. And we’re going to answer that call.

I think a lot of concern we’ve heard is about the actual child. Will he/she have emotional issues. Will he/she have mental or physical delays? I remember reading a question on a questionnaire that we have to fill out for the agency asking what we will do if our child is teased about his/her different race.

Well my answer is- I don’t know. Although they do have all the medical testing needed, they cannot guarantee that our child will be a happy healthy upstanding brilliant surgeon. Can you guarantee the same for your child? If they aren’t completely healthy and well adjusted, would you love them less? Would you give up on them? I can almost guarantee though that they will probably be teased. I definitely was as an Asian kid. And so will your kid- no matter how thin, pretty, perfect, and smart they are. Someone will make their life miserable. Its how it works. Its what we have to deal with. It’s what we use to grow, to become better people. And hopefully we can teach our children that there are better ways to treat other people. I pray that my child whomever God has chosen from us doesn’t have to deal with too much resistance from our peers. But if they do. I hope they know that Paul and I are here. And we love them, UNCONDITIONALLY and we will do so no matter what struggles they have. We will love them the same as our birth children. Because to us, they are our children.

“But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Matthew 5:39 ESV

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, …”

Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV

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