This past Saturday I was hiking with my 3 boys. Until last fall I had 2 boys, now I have 3. I have always wanted to adopt a child and after our trip to Rwanda felt sure that we should adopt a cute little African girl. Little did I know then that the Lord had different plans. On Saturday as we were traversing the gorge, uphill, in pursuit of the prize, called Angel’s Rest, I looked ahead at my 3 boys. Two of them of course, have been around what seems like my whole life but Enric, is still new to the landscape. I marveled at how the Lord answers our prayers in His time and His way. Enric has added richly to our lives and filled a gap that was long left open.
On Sunday our worship pastor Jake Schwein talked about the fact that God is love. He said some profound things, the most pivotal for me was that when we as humans begin to understand and embrace the depth of God’s love for us we are freed up to serve others and put them before ourselves.
He ended the sermon with a video showing the progression of his journey to adopt Josiane his Rwandese daughter. He said, though he grew up in a loving Christian home and thought he understood God’s love it was not until his journey for Josiane that he FULLY understood God’s love for him.
As our family has morphed this past year with enveloping a new member I have been amazed at how when we are living in obedience to Him and in a way that is agreeing with His will there is a calm and a peace that pervades everything. Adding Enric to our family has been a piece of cake, so to speak. I remember Todd and I making the final decision to extend the invitation for him to live with us. At the time we viewed it as a school year long commitment, but it was not long before we realized that Enric fit, he fit very well and now we cannot imagine life in the Rettmann house without him.
We have not formally adopted Enric, but in our hearts we have. Adoption means you were chosen and that is what God says about us.
In Ephesians 1:5-6 it says:
“In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons/daughters 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.”
Hike to Angel’s Rest