None of us can choose who our parents will be. But what a blessing it is that parents can choose their children! Whether the child is planned for and loved from the time they're conceived or actually chosen by the parents through adoption, a child can enter into life knowing they are loved and wanted.
A couple who are friends of my family travelled to China several years ago to adopt a little girl with special needs to round out their family of two boys. Over the years, this young girl has blessed the family and all who know her because of her happy nature and ability to find a way to accomplish whatever she sets out to do in spite of her handicaps.
Her adoption prompted the couple to develop a ministry to encourage others seeking to adopt, both internationally and here in the US. Because of their abundance of love, the couple recently returned to China to adopt two more special needs children who have also blessed those of us who know them.
In a spiritual sense, when we choose to follow Christ, we are adopted by God into his family.
"An adopted child is no less a son or daughter than my natural born children. And to apply that in a spiritual sense, I have learned that to be a son of God makes me no less his son than his true son [Jesus]. Adoption has changed my life. But it's also changed my relationship with my Father in heaven." ~Billl Schick.
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” John 1:12-13 NLT