This is one of my most treasured photos. It was taken the day we brought our son, Comerson, home from his orphanage in Haiti. Legally. Emotionally. Spiritually. Physically. He was now ours to nourish and raise. There was no looking back.
Last night, this little guy told me about a recent, reoccurring dream. In his dream, he is lost and all alone. He cannot find anyone around. Not me. Not Daddy. No one. He is dreadfully and fearfully in the abyss of silence.
It breaks me that he feels all alone.
Perplexed and saddened as I was, I wasn’t completely caught off guard. Karyn Purvis, the author of “Empowered to Connect“, talks about this familiar feeling shared amongst adopted children. My friend Esty puts it this way, “You know how you feel when you’ve lost your keys and wallet? That frantic feeling overrides everything you do. Your thoughts are consumed with finding your missing belongings. THAT feeling is stuck with our kids all of the time.”
I think we as believers often feel this way too when it comes to who we are in Christ. We forget. We get derailed. Sidetracked. Taken off guard. And when we begin to feel this way, we readily look to the things of this world to latch onto. In our text today (just one small phrase at the end of our reading from yesterday) in 2 Cor. 1:24,
“Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.”
We have to stand firm in our faith. We have to fight through our derailing emotions and take a stand for what we know as truth. God’s Word is TRUTH. Like a parent, Paul is reminding the Corinthians to dig in and KNOW GOD. Know His character and His attributes. His likes and dislikes. What brings Him joy and great sorrow. If you want to build a firm foundation, you have to KNOW GOD. Spend time with Him by reading His Word and talking to Him on a regular basis.
But don’t stop there…You must also KNOW WHO YOU ARE. What does God Word say about you? Pay close attention and then live like you believe it. You are a child of God (Gal. 3:26), a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), a bride declared holy (Is. 62:5), a co-heir with Christ (Rom 8:17), a friend (Jn 15:15)…and so much more! You’ve been saved, redeemed by the blood, sanctified, chosen, and declared holy!
We have to read God’s Word outside of us in order to get God’s Word inside of us.
I tucked my little man into bed last night and gave him a big, long, mama-sized hug to reassure him that I am always near. When he hollers, I do hear. I love him to the moon and back. And then I told him, when I fail…there is someone greater than I. His name is Jesus. And He never, ever will leave your side. His promises will come true.