See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1 NIV
When one hears the term, “orphan” it causes an intense feeling of sadness, because it defines a child who has lost its parents from death or permanent abandonment. In response to the overwhelming number of orphans, the first orphanage was opened in 1729 in the United States to provide the basic needs of children without caregivers. These children were often viewed as a financial burden to society, and regardless of their background, many were outsourced as indentured servants and forced into the labor market; most importantly, they were isolated from mainstream society.
Although we associate poor conditions and maltreatment of children who were placed in orphanages, this is not an accurate depiction of all institutions. Many caregivers believed that God is love, and they extended compassionate care to the children who were placed behind those doors. Other children had the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes that filled the emptiness of childless couples.
Recently, I heard a testimony from one of the members of our church who was in an orphanage and adopted five decades ago at the age of two by a family who lovingly cared for him. His adoption did not happen because of luck or chance, it came into fruition because he was chosen by God; the Omnipotent God intervened on behalf of one of his children to demonstrate His love in an extreme and distressing situation.
“The Earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it,” Psalm 24:1
When we study the Word of God and pray for the wisdom and guidance to apply the scriptures to our lives, we can view life from a spiritual perspective, which allows us to live with confidence! And why not? We belong to God. He is our Heavenly Father who watches over us and cares for us as little children. Proclaim that you belong to God!
Prayer: Dear God, I finally realize that I belong to you. Thank you for providing for me and for helping me to achieve total peace. I love you, and I place my life in your hands. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020