The faith to believe in God came from Him, and we can’t boast in it. It was born in an instant. Our eyes and ears were opened, and our hearts beat as though for the first time. Our lungs were filled with air of thanksgiving. We wanted to be counted among God’s people, and live lives that please Him.
Accepting His purpose for our lives is an automatic out flowing of living a life that pleases Him. God’s word is clear. He cares for orphans, and expects us to do the same (James 1:27).
There is plenty of uncertainty in the lives of foster parents and plenty of potential for real pain. The question is this: Can we trust God in the midst of these uncertainties? We know that God wants us to care for those less fortunate. But what if, in the process of caring for a child in foster care we fall in love with that foster child and then have to let him go?
Letting go of a child you’ve cared for over an extended period will be painful, and it is good to be honest about it. But we must not let fear paralyze us. We have to remember that God does not give us a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7). What He asks is that we trust Him and have faith in His sovereignty.
God desires restoration and reconciliation. He reconciled us to Himself through the work of His Son. He adopted us into His family in spite of our sin. Yet when we think about the possibility of biological parents being reconciled with their child, we often shudder at the thought. If we truly believe in the biblical principles of restoration and reconciliation, we must commit ourselves to supporting parent-child reunification.
Only God holds the future. He doesn’t promise permanency for every child placed in our home. He simply asks us to help those in need – despite the risk of pain. Every day the child is in your home is another day to love and serve God by loving and serving the child. We have to continually ask ourselves: Where do I place my trust? Do I trust the system or am I placing my trust in the Father to the fatherless, who loves the child much more than I ever can, and who knows and wants what is best for him?
To become a foster parent is to open ourselves up to the very real possibility of pain and loss. The bottom line is this: If you answer God’s call to care for a child, you CAN trust Him no matter the outcome. Finally: Children in the foster care system need to be placed somewhere, whether for the short term or permanently. Every child deserves to be loved and nurtured and valued, not simply treated as a boarder. Children need provision and protection, of course, but they need so much more. Food and shelter and protect, but love heals and transforms. So we have to ask ourselves: If not us, then who?