Last night I lingered in the rocking chair with Lucy held tightly in my arms. As I gazed at her face I was breath taken with her perfect, tiny features. The gentle curve of her ears, her dainty pursed lips, her smooth round nose, and her delicate eyelashes. As my lips brushed against the soft baby skin of her cheeks, my heart was filled to the brim. This child, this precious child, is mine. A child that was unknown to me just three months ago is my daughter. She is so precious, so valued.
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As I sat there, I was reminded of the story Jesus tells in Matthew.
‘“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”‘
Chris and I were like the merchant. We were looking. We were longing. We were searching for something of great value. We completed mounds of paperwork. We wore out the road between here and Fort Worth. We didn’t sell everything, but we did make huge financial sacrifices. We endured lengthy interviews and people perusing our home. Our world was turned upside down in this search, this journey, to bring our Lucy home.
Lucy is our pearl.
And God has a pearl too. In fact, he has lots of them. He didn’t complete mounds of paperwork. But he did travel the path from heaven to earth. He gave up everything, the very thing he held most dear, his son. He endured ridicule, beating, and eventually death. He turned this world upside down in his journey to bring his pearls home.
‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.’ Ephesians 1:3-6
Adoption is our father’s heart. He longs for his children to be in his arms. He journeys and searches for each person. Each person is wanted, desired, valued. You are wanted. You are desired. You are valued. You’re worth everything to him.
You are his pearl.