It is not an OR! It is an AND!
One thing I noticed after adopting is that people try and pigeon hole us (or others like us) to just that. That adoption and orphan care is where it is at for us - nothing else.
This kind of bothers me. Sure, I want to be known as a lover of "the least of these" - shouldn't we all? But see, that is not why we did it.
We adopted in obedience to God.
It is really that simple.
God opened our eyes to the plight of the orphan.
We looked in His word to confirm (and HELLO, that was confirmed, see: James 1:27 & Ephesians 1:5 - just for starters).
We stepped out IN FAITH - trusting that God would supply the finances and all that had to happen to make the adoption come to fruition. We also trusted that if this was not the Lord's will that He would see our hearts to follow Him and redirect us. We rested in that!
See it wasn't about adoption or even Isaiah.
It was about obedience to what God had placed on our hearts.
We do not know where God will lead next.
Another adoption? Leading bible study? Mission trip? Serving in VBS? Making a meal for a new mom? Asking an unsaved family over for dinner?
Who knows? God does!
And as Justin and I seek to follow Him daily, prayerfully asking for Him to light the path and desire to walk in obedience.
I trust that God will lead.
Serving the Lord is not a situation where we say "we will pour into Ug*nda OR our church - adoption OR leading bible study - hosting in our home OR a mission trip."
It is about learning and growing in Him AND stepping out where ever it may be!