I haven’t blogged since we found out we were having twins. And now, Owen and Caleb are almost four months old.
Edit , time is flying as usual. It never stops or lands. Our lives are louder and brighter than ever before since we moved to Indian Hills Camp.
But I’m taken this moment to stop and reflect upon what God has done and what He is continually doing. So, what is He doing? What is he all about?
Yesterday I realized the answer to this question is family. God is all about making His family bigger. I see this in my own life as I am now SIGNIFICANTLY outnumbered by boys! Having 3 babies in only 4 years of marriage, it was whoa moment after WHOA moment! God built our family fast. But Why? I ask this question not to get a definitive answer, but to remind myself that God is Father. He is a dad longing to see all his children come home (see, Luke 15:11-32). My marriage love and my mother love is supposed to give me a small glimpse of God’s love. He gave us this universal concept of family to illustrate an undying love. A love we all long for and crave. Of course, it is just an illustration because our human connections are fragile and break easily by our sin. Divorce and death choke our glorified image of family to the grave. So, we continue to long and crave for a restored family, a perfect father.
We may be miring in broken families, and abusive relationships. But God is waiting for His sons and daughters to come home. His house is big. His house is warm.
I saw this yesterday, during our last day of camp for the refugees of San Diego. We hold a carnival with snow cones, hay rides, and balloon animals. Kids with all colored faces and eye shapes, Teens with bright headdresses and burkas run through the dusty, western campsite. The sight amazed me, it was like the whole world was in one place! One 12 year old girl, Teeva, remembered me from last year. This made me happy because I don’t get out of the house much and when I do, I feel sort of anonymous, pushing a stroller through the dirt. But I’m not anonymous when I make myself available to God. Neesha held my son, Silas, as I smiled and laughed at the tender interaction. This turned out to be a very powerful moment for Neesha. She told me she loved camp so much and that since she moved to San Diego and started coming to IHC, she has always felt “surrounded by God”. I was so happy she shared that with me. I looked at her and then all around. These children were displaced by war and poverty, and now were dancing and smiling with juice-stained lips! God protected them and God restored them. After she confided her words to me, I couldn’t help but add, “It’s because you are apart of the family of God!” She replied quickly, “I know!!!” We hugged like sisters reunited, so joyful, we were giddy.
Jesus, Thank you for taking the wrath upon yourself for our sin. So that we could be reunited with our perfect, heavenly Father. Thank you for preparing a place for us— for having many rooms and for speaking every language.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Ephesians 1:5 “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”
John 14:2 “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?”
Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15 (the message) “This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!”