It’s National Adoption Month. Normally, this month’s celebration goes by with little hoorah. Only those who have adopted bring it to the attention of others. We change our Facebook profiles to show we are pro-adoption. We tweet to the masses all the adoption blogposts. We retweet, repost and tell anyone who will listen about what the Chapman’s are doing. You know, THE Chapman’s. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth. Anyone who is a Christian and who has adopted is in the know about the Chapman’s. Just me? This month. It’s our little way of reminding everyone that adoption may have been a one time thing for most of us. But adoption, we live it everyday in our house.
Adoption isn’t a one time thing and life goes on normally. Adoption happens everyday in our house. It comes back in questions, in trauma, in the giggles, interests, and in the face of our child and in our lives everyday. We are reminded of this responsibility that we begged God to have. We are reminded when we meet the eyes of people who do not understand trauma one bit. And I don’t mean the everyday person; I’m talking about educators, physicians, people who we expected to support this journey yet are so blind to the needs of adoption. Adoption is an everyday battle to be won for our child.
But isn’t that just how Jesus does adoption? It’s how he adopted all of us into his fold. He sees us at the heart just like we see our child. We continue to question him daily about this road he had adopted us into. He sees all of our trauma and baggage we brought along with us and did not leave at the alter when we said yes to him. When we say, ‘No one understands me and what I am going through.’ He does. When everyone, even the most educated do not understand our hurts, our needs, the one who adopted us sees. Jesus didn’t just adopt us on day one and leave us to the wolves. He sees us and fights for us everyday. And he sees the needs of our children.
National Adoption Month. It’s in the news this year because of congress and the cuts that may or may not be made. You can bet I am on the side of keeping those tax benefits because this adoption stuff isn’t a one time thing. Yay, it’s Gotcha Day and it’s done! Nope. Gotcha Day happens everyday. We gotcha every single day and all that comes with this adoption. The joy (Oh, the joy!). The trauma (Yeah, trauma.). Adoption means one of us now; to make one’s own. Jesus made us one of his, everyday. And our child’s adoption is no different: this month, every month, everyday is Adoption Month in our house.