"A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps."
......"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord."
Good Evening, Beloved! I pray that your afternoon has been blessed and touched by the "hand of God," in a way that expresses His great love for you! I know I sure have felt it. (I am sitting here smiling now just thinking about it! =D )
Can I tell you a true story...
When I was young, as young as the mind can remember, I had the opportunity of knowing this little orphan girl. She was really quiet and petite looking; did not allow herself to really get close to many people. It took a little while, maybe a few years, to figure out why, but you will soon see why I said I had the opportunity in knowing her.
You see beloved, she lived in a foster home but this temporary place of living was unlike any other. (Now, keep in mind this is before many laws were in effect as like today.) The foster mother abused the little girl so much. She would speak of the hurt and pain she extremely felt as a result. There were other kids yet she felt she received the worst of it.
"You will never become anyone of importance", she was told. "You are so stupid, can't you do anything?" "I really don't even want you here," her foster mother spoke over and over again.
The orphan girl had been malested and raped. The foster mother allowed the men she was with to beat her; as she sat, and favored all the other kids around her, that were also staying in the home. It was something in which a child should not have had to face. Burdens that seemed too hard to carry. Obstacles that seemed a bit much to walk through. Many times she would even cry and wish that her father would come and get her. She felt as though she did not belong. She felt unloved and unwanted. She felt like she wanted to die, which just seemed very unlikely for someone her age.
What happened to her parents you are probably thinking?
She had mentioned that she never knew her dad. She had snuck in the foster mom's office one day, and found some pictures that could possibly have been of him. The name on the back of them was what she had been told of the man a while back. But she said she wasn't sure. She hurt so much from everything else already, that she decided to place in her mind the thought of her dad being dead. She said it was easier to look at him that way, and used that as the reason why she had been placed in the home in the first place.
Her mother, simply put, just did not want her. She was on drugs and possibly had been abused herself. She lacked the ability to give the orphan girl what she really deserved growing up. She felt she had done the best she could have, yet when someone is one drugs that serious, when is there a good moment?
She may not have seen this about herself, as the years passed by and I grew to know her more and more, I saw there was yet something special about her. Despite what she had went through in that home, she remained to be herself and hide the abuse from those few people who knew her as a friend. Beloved, she really went through a lot, and I am sure there was more; but here is where the blessedness comes in.
Unexpectedly, her day had finally came and get this, she never thought of the fact of being adopted. She had faced the tradegy alone and not once figured anyone would come to her rescue. But it happened one day. She had been welcomed into a family, that had made her feel belonged. She had felt what it was like to truly be loved. She received help in healing from all her pain, from a Father that treated her like His own. She was told that she was beautiful and there were plans for her future. She was given peace and a hope, in which she had never imagined to feel. She was totally changed and tranformed. She had felt so much love, that she totally had forgotten what she had faced before. Her Father had place in her life.... True life. She felt as though she was able to finally breath in something so fresh. A freshness in which she had never knew existed, and came to love so much.
YES! Beloved that little girl was me, and the Father in which I have been blessed to have is our Heavenly Elohim, the Creator of All! And I have been included in His family and removed from one in which did not see what God sees. I have a BIG BROTHER, Jesus Christ, in which I can always look up to. I won't have to worry about getting into trouble for following His Ways!
I did my bible study, as I stated the other day, in the book of Ephesians this morning and guess what! I found this out about you and I; got excited and full of joy by reading it. This is what I had felt like, in comparison to my life as a child. As though I was an orphan that had been through much, but suddenly adopted by THE ONE in which had chosen me even before I existed; before the foundations of the world.
The bible says:
Ephesians 1:5-6 HCSB
He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.
Now for further insight:
Predestined means to destine, decree, determine, appointed or settled beforehand; to set apart for a specific purpose....
(Merriam Webster Dictionary says so!)
And adopt means to take by choice into relationship (voluntarily) as one's child.. synonym - embrace: implies a ready or happy acceptance...
GOD predestined ME for adoption!!!!
GOD predestined YOU for adoption, beloved!!
GOD VOLUNTARILY CHOSE TO TAKE US INTO A RELATIONSHIP AS HIS OWN CHILDREN, AND WAS READY AND HAPPY TO DO SO; AND ACCEPTED US AT THE POINT OF HIS THOUGHT OF DOING IT.
WE ARE LOVED; AND BLESSED; AND ACCEPTED; AND EMBRACED BY GOD, HIMSELF AND JESUS CHRIST!! NOW ISN'T THAT SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL ABOUT!!
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