Yesterday, while surfing the net I halted on one site, which really caught my eye. It had heartbreaking stories of kids, who had lost their parents. Yes, they were orphans. They were from all over the world, especially from Ukraine. This site gave beautiful testimonies and pictures and all.
My eyes moved carefully through the lines of letters written by these kids. The older kids were working really hard to look good on the cameras so that somebody would want to take them home. This really touched my heart; how could I help them. Then I saw the pictures of little ones, and they had this little twinkle in their eyes, which kind of spoke to me saying, Take me home, mamma!
I also read a testimony of one of the adoptive parents, who had been to one of the orphanages and experienced something which she never wanted to experience. Many little ones would run around calling her Mamma, to take them home.
I was very much disturbed after knowing this. I want to adopt one of these little ones but don’t know how and when, but I give this in the hand of our Almighty.
When I got home, my tears rolled down my cheeks and I kept talking to God. And I wanted to learn more about this. It was a time to go to bed and God spoke to my heart. If I am very much disturbed to see these little kids without any love from their parents, sorrowful, and lost in this world; how much more was He disturbed to see His children moving in this world astray, as orphans? If my heart was keen over these kids, His mind is keen over us. If my heart broke to see them cry, His heart breaks when He sees us cry. If I wanted to hold them in my arms and caress them, even He wants to do the same.
And it was then that I realized how precious we all are and how important it is to go around the world to fulfill His commandment of bringing many in His kingdom. Then He showed me many ways of doing it. We don’t need to go on long missions only to do this; we can do it from where we are, we just need to realize our responsibility and walk towards fulfilling it. God has chosen you and me to do this mighty work, He could have given this task to His angels and would have got it done within minutes, but no He gave this privilege to you and me. Our God is a good God.
Let us get on fire to do this task and make our DADDY happy.
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May God bless you all.
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__So did you know back in January 11, 2006 that two years and one day from then this piece would finally get a comment?! Ha, ha, hello Joyce, I pray the Lord will grant you great creative inspiration this year. Then again, if you’re pursuing different interests then I pray the Lord would give you strength and courage to pursue them with His ends in mind. Stay faithful! “Orphan was I and met Jesus”
**Good News: What an excellent correlation made between the orphans you saw on the website and the orphans in life: those lost who don’t know the love of the Heavenly Trinity. This is so true; isn’t it genius how God uses circumstances in the physical realm to explain things in the spiritual? You do well in capitalizing on this in your devotional styled writings.
*I also want to compliment your following of the devotional structure: physical realm truth, transition into the spiritual realm truth, transition into practical application, and conclude with a charge to obey—great job! And your transitions are so natural, like a professional orator! Now if only faithwriters would let us indent paragraphs, then your work could look professional as well.
**Bad News: The practical application paragraph could use some work; tell us more about how we can go about bringing the lost into the kingdom of God. You say, “…He showed me many ways of doing it” but you don’t make mention of any of those ways you only leave us to our own thoughts and devices, “…we just need to realize our responsibility and walk towards fulfilling it.” Tell us what ‘you’ have done to prod the lost to the care of the Father otherwise, after one finishes reading he/she doesn’t feel as if he/she has any sense of direction.
*Please reread your work before posting! Do you sit, write your pieces, and post them immediately after finishing? Stop that if you do, or at least try once to wait a day or two then come back to your writing in a different, less excited mindset. Sentences like: “…but I give this in the hand of our Almighty” and, “It was a time to go to bed and God spoke to my heart” could have easily been spotted and corrected had they been scrutinized by a mind that had rested a moment from its work.
__So two years and a day after the first posting of this piece I’m curious: what ever became of your desire to adopt? You seemed to be very serious about the matter, has the Lord provided you with an opportunity yet? And secondly, are there more Joyce Reed devotionals to come? I enjoy your writing more in this genre than in poetry and I hope to see more. Thanks for encouraging me with the point made from this piece—so often I would rather perceive the lost as nuisances rather than orphans…thanks again. Remember to reread your work and bring your own experience to the attention of the audience when giving practical application.