“Did I hear God right?”
Has God ever called you to do something that sounds crazy? Hard? Has He called you to do something that doesn’t make sense to you let alone those around you? I would bet each of us that follow after Christ would answer a big YES!
About 10 years ago after we lost Alex we started to pursue adoption. Adoption has always been on both James and my hearts from the beginning of our relationship. James asked me before going to our first meeting with Bethany Christian Services what I thought about fostering? I told him NO! I couldn’t. I couldn’t handle it–taking care of those babies and having to give them back. So we went to our meeting and Bethany Christian Services recommended that we seek grief counseling before moving forward (little did I know this was God closing this door). Throughout the past ten years we have come close to a couple of adoptions but God was always closing the door. I didn’t understand why God would bring us so close and then shut the door.
This past February we lost our second child, Oliver. I grieved the loss of another child. Another dream. But my momma heart wasn’t done having children. I just knew I was to have more! One evening I clearly felt God whispering “foster.” No! I went back and forth with God. Pretty much begging him to not be calling us to foster. He was persistent. He kept whispering that 6 letter word. And I finally said Yes! James and I both told God that we would go where He called us to go and that place in this season is to foster.
Am I scared? Yes! Am I worried? Yes! Do I feel inadequate? A big YES!
A friend of mine found out that we were going through the steps to become foster parents and her first response was “Are you crazy?? You have so much on your plate now and you’re adding this?”
I thought about her response for a few days (I knew she wasn’t being mean) but I thought about it and thought, “I am crazy! I am way to busy! I do have way to much on my plate!”
But guess what? We are called to do things that don’t make sense to the world. We are called to do things that we can’t do! Because when we say yes to the things that don’t make a lick of sense, that’s when God shows out! That’s when He gets the glory! That’s when His name becomes known!
So as we, The Reardon’s, embark on this new season of something crazy we ask that you pray for us! Pray for our children. Pray for our foster circle that has committed to help us in this journey. Pray for the children that we will have the opportunity to love and share Gods love to.
And may I be so bold to ask you a question? What are you wrestling with God about right now? What is He calling you to do and you are completely freaked out about it? Stop wrestling and submit. Remember that we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ…are you?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
His Name His Fame!