By LuAnn Edwards
In 1998 I was spending time fasting and praying for the Lord’s will to guide us in a decision my husband and I were making about adopting. I felt drawn to orphans in Cambodia and desired the Lord’s direction. We already had two older children, so starting over was a little intimidating. Isaiah 58 became a prominent passage in my prayer time.
These scriptures in Isaiah spoke to me about reaching out to children in need in a personal way. I was willing to make a life-long commitment to love and care for one of them. Verses 6 and 7 from Isaiah 58 talk about setting the oppressed free, sharing food with the hungry, and providing shelter and clothing for the poor. I believe the next few verses were promises to me that God would provide. God would be with me; when I called upon Him, He would answer.
The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
Verse 11 gave me the promise that even though I was growing older, He would satisfy me and keep me strong. My life would be like a fountain never running dry. I have drawn strength and comfort from these verses over the years. Even now.
Our daughter was nine months old when we brought her home 15½ years ago. I am not sure she will ever understand the love God has placed in my heart for her. When I look at her, I do not see a Cambodian child; I see my daughter. We may not look alike, but she is a part of me – a gift from God birthed in my heart.
Even now, when we are the worst parents on the planet, unreasonable and ignorant, even now, I adore her. There is nothing she can do to stop my love.
God’s love is like this for us. Romans 8:39 says that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Even when we get upset and fuss and complain, He still loves us with an everlasting love. A tender, compassionate love. A sweet, gentle love.
His love goes far beyond how I love. He loved me so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for me. There is no greater love than this. Because I have accepted Jesus into my heart and life, I believe His promises in His Word are true and for me. I gain strength and comfort through the scriptures. Words written to me.
Allow the Lord’s love to comfort you today. May you find strength in His Holy Word; words written to you, too.