Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Zoo Theology

While we were at the Columbus zoo, which is a GREAT zoo, by the way, I saw these two signs. This original quote is, of course, referring to chimps I assume, due to the source, but a great quote none the less.And another great theologian.....

I LOVED both of these and of course in my mind, everything filters through the thoughts of children/orphan care/adoption. I could let it frustrate me that some people are so passionate about animals instead of children, but then I was reminded that we are all part of the body of Christ, that chimps and polar bears are His Creation, too, and it is good and right to care for them. That people are made to serve in different ways...some artists, some teachers, some pastors, some serving the poor, some businessmen, etc. And unless we EACH do OUR part, something will be missing from the body of Christ. It is funny how God can speak to me in a zoo--through Dr. Seuss!! As I thought about these, one more quote came to mind....

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." -God (Micah 6:8)

Bountiful Harvest

HAPPY FALL!! It has been busy here. Trying to catch up a bit. A couple of weeks ago, for fall break, we loaded up and headed to Ohio to see some dear friends from residency days. The drive was beautiful.

We stopped in Cincinnati to see one family that wasn't going to make it for the weekend and had a GREAT time catching up with them. (but forgot to take the camera in the house!) So miss our sweet friends.

Then, after a long, but not too painful day in the car, we made it to Columbus. The next day, we all headed to a fruit farm.We got to go apple picking, which is something none of us Drakes have ever done. It was such a treat.More of a treat was the time spent with our dear friends. Here are they guys....And the girls...(and Will) :)(Keep in mind, when we all met, there were NO children among these couples!)

Cynthia LOVED taste testing the apples.Molly hangin' out.The boys thought the apples in the top of the tree looked the best, of course!Some more fun in the train rideand the corn maze....these guys were the champions, finding all 8 etchings within the maze!The next day, we headed to the zoo. (Did I mention there were NO CHILDREN when we met???)

Just some fun shots around the zoo......

OK, only 1 animal picture, I promise....these guys were cool. I could sit and watch them all day.On the way out, the boys wanted to find the gorillas. It had been a long day. We kept telling Cynthia if she fell asleep, we were going to put her in the cage with the gorillas. She really wasn't sure if she should believe us or not. Here is our 'photographic evidence' for her!! Hmmm....maybe we really did.... :)For the drive home, we went a different route and were met with absolutely breathtaking scenery driving through West Virginia...(picture doesn't do it justice at all!) We arrived home safely, tired, but with full hearts from our time spent together. Our true harvest being the harvest of friends!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Now what? Part 2

Well. God is so good. It is so interesting to me how he works. How the Holy Spirit works. I thought my last Now What? post was completely rambling and illogical. \
But, God knew the desires of my heart.
Even when I didn't.
Or couldn't put words to them.
Several of you sweetly replied that that post spoke into your lives right now as well. That is definitely the Spirit of our sweet savior.

It was as if God wanted me to admit my need for him, my inability to do anything myself.
Since I posted that, while I was learning AGAIN that I am not in charge and actually resting in that, God has given me such encouragement. Since then, not 1, not 2, but 3 families have told me that they are going to adopt--soon! Minus THREE orphans in the world! 3 children that are loved already, who have parents longing for them to be in their arms. What sweet grace.
Since posting, I had a brief discussion with a pastor who was incredibly encouraging about our adoption ministry and it sounds like the church is really going to get behind this and make orphan ministry an important emphasis. That got my heart beating quickly!

Then, Sunday morning, at church as I was reflecting on how good God is, I was sitting with 3 of my sweet children, what blessings, thinking of what encouragement he had sent my way this week, feeling safe in the rest I have been given, the pastor read the scripture: Romans 8:17, 26-27.

"Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.....In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will."

Another time I sat there in awe of God's living word.
I have read that before.
But never has it spoken to my heart in the way it did this morning.
I have been having these rambling thoughts, unable to even put them into prayers and yet, the Holy Spirit was all the time interceding for me and presenting my requests to the Father. And the Father, in his grace answered with such encouragement. HE moved hearts to desire to adopt. HE is moving to make orphan care important to our church---all of this happened with me doing NOTHING. Because that is what I can do on my own--NOTHING!

Maybe I'm a slow learner, but I am still learning that God is leading and I need to follow, that even if I still can't see a clear path forward, that is OK, but my soul feels safe in knowing that I don't need to.