A friend who is also adopting two babies from Ethiopia shared with me her concern about how their extended family will view their children. These sweet little ones may or may not grow up to be at the top of their classes, and they may or may not make the varsity athletic teams at their schools or win any beauty pageants. It's very possible that families full of intelligent people will welcome a new child who does not excel in math or science or language. And that's okay. In fact, that's great!
As I was talking about it with hubby, he reminded me again about what a beautiful picture of the gospel this is. After all, God's Word says in I Corinthians 1:26-31, "For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Two families that we know adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia, and after being home a short while they both discovered that their precious girls have cerebral palsy. May God gain glory as they love and cherish and help their sweet daughters. It's a challenge and an honor to be called to a walk that continually boasts in the Lord, who is the only One worthy of praise.