The Family

The Family

Thursday, February 16, 2012


She said it better than I could.  April Jacobson, whose blog is here-- put two of the most amazing paragraphs at the end of her blog post today.  She and her husband are soon on their way back from Eastern Europe with their three amazing, newly adopted, children, and her statement below perfectly summed up something I have wanted to say for a long time.  It just hit me smack upside the head, so I asked her permission and she said I could post it here.-----

"Friends, this God-thing we are doing, well, it's not just for crazy people, or really nice people, or gifted people. We are none of those things. Not even crazy, though people do tell me that all the time. It's for GOD'S people. We are all called to follow him. That means he will totally change you, your plans, your family, your comfort, your wallet, your everything. And it's good. It's worth it - the only thing actually worth doing. Don't waste your lives - spend them totally and completely and you will not be sorry.

I have no illusions that the next time in our lives will be easy. We left easy when we said "I do". But, God will be there. Suffering is not to be feared, and is the place to find the purest joy. Because he is there. Goodbye friends! I don't know if life will be a bloggy kind, or a desperate hanging-on-for-dear-life kind. But I will end with this: DO IT. GO THERE. If you are his, that means the place that you are scared of, but you know is the path of obedience. He will be there."

See why I said "WOW"??

This is exactly how we have been feeling.  Tim and I aren't "special", and we aren't crazy either.... well maybe a little, but in a good way.  :)   And we might not even fully know what we are getting ourselves into-- who does until you get there and meet those children face to face?  But we are as prepared as we will ever be, and we trust that God has brought us down this road and He alone will guide us through all of it.  We are ready to be changed, transformed.  Ready as we will ever be for the good and the bad.  This is what it means to have FAITH.  To TRUST in God.  To walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

It won't be all roses and sunshine.  We know that.  We hope our friends and family will be there regardless, to give us a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear when things get tough... not an "I told you so."  Because we already know.

But as she said, we are "God's people."  How would He want us to act?  What would He want us to do??  Shirk the responsibility of caring for the widows and the orphans and say it is someone else's problem, surely someone else will do it???  Nope.  I didn't think so.

So as April said, let us do the things worth doing, let us not waste our lives.  Instead let us jump in there and get dirty doing God's work instead of meandering through the rose gardens.

"Don't waste your lives- spend them totally and completely and you will not be sorry."
April Jacobson

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