The other day I noticed something while I was driving… I hate waiting. I was trying to get to my kids’ school and every stop light that I came to, between my home and their school, was red. Not only was every stop light red; but one light I came to was red, it then turned green, but turned back to red before I could get through. I would like to say that I handled this “little trial” with grace and patience, but that would be a stretch of the imagination.
I have been thinking about all the scenarios in my life when I am bothered because I have to wait and it made me think about all the kids in the United States who are waiting, waiting for a permanent family. According to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption there are 101,666 children waiting to be adopted in the United States.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to be one of these children. Waiting for a family. Waiting for someone to come along and choose them. Waiting for someone to call mom or dad. Wouldn’t it be amazing if it were the other way around? If we had loving families who were the ones waiting in line instead of the children waiting in line for a family.
Orphan Sunday in November 8th. Is your church or community doing anything to bring awareness to the number of children who are in need of a family? Here is a link to see if there are any events planned in your area http://orphansunday.org/map/ If there is not an event planned in your area, get some friends together and plan your own event. It can be something as simple as gathering your friends together to pray for children, social workers, foster parents, etc., in your communities.
So the next time you find yourself annoyed because you are having to wait a whole three minutes for your popcorn to pop in the microwave, stop and ask yourself, “What can I do to help the waiting children in my community?”
I heard John Fuller speak and he said," if every church in America found two families to adopt one child we could end the need for foster care in America." When you put it like that it sounds so simple yet we don't do it…why??? Jesus said "take care of the least of these"