The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.
-Buechner

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Making Them Sons And Daughters

God is not anxious. God isn't depressed. But God's fatherhood is pictured for us as a tumultuous, fighting kind of fatherhood - the kind that rips open the seas and drowns armies. Joseph probably had no idea that he was a living reenactment of the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. He probably never thought about the fact that he was serving as an icon of his God. He just did what seemed right, in obedience to the Word of God. But he was participating in something dramatic - in every sense of the word.

When we adopt - and when we encourage a culture of adoption in our church and communities - we're picturing something that's true about our God. We, like Jesus, see what our Father is doing and do likewise (John 5:19). And what our Father is doing, it turns out, is fighting for orphans, making them sons and daughters.

1 comment:

Yours Truly said...

Great excerpt. Seems like a book I should read.