A while back, I was following a blog of a woman who was in China picking up her adopted son. Two days after the Gotcha Day, they traveled to the exact spot where her son was abandoned, on a busy street in front of a convenience store. I started to cry when I pulled up the picture, because that is similar to my own children’s story. Discarded, abandoned, left in a random, dangerous place as newborns unable to do anything about it. But as I continued to read the blog, I noticed that she did not call this spot his “abandonment spot”, she called it his “finding spot”.
I wept long and hard when I read that. Think about it, that place of being abandoned was really that place of being found. And we were all orphans before being adopted into the family of God. I once was lost, but now I am found! In the same way, our lost spots are really found spots, our sad spots are our spots of comfort, our weak spots are really spots of His strength being revealed. First Peter 2:9 tells us that we are adopted by God as heirs: We did not receive a spirit of fear but of Sonship and by that we cry Abba Father—Daddy! We are chosen not abandoned. How fitting for there to be an adopted foreigner in the lineage of Jesus!
We, too, had the opportunity to go to our Charlie’s Finding Spot. It was a very profound moment. Along a busy highway there was a path of beautiful blooming flowers. I believe it was God’s good providence that his birth parents chose this beautiful spot to relinquish him. For God had a beautiful redemptive plan for this beautiful little boy. And the seeds of faith that are now growing in his heart will grow into a fruitful garden of faith. This I believe with all my heart.
I have written about this before and I am sure I will write about it again, but for now I will give you a picture. It is a picture of redemption. It is a picture of reclaiming hope when the world thought you had no hope. It is a picture of love and calling and joy and answered prayers. This is our Finding Spot. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Today, if you are feeling as if your life is filled with spots of trials, abandonments, and crippling heartache, hold fast to the hope and the truth that these are truly the spots where God finds you and rescues you. Praying for you today.