For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
When I was an adolescent in foster care, I remember thinking that God had abandoned me. That if He loved me and cared for me like I had heard He did, I wouldn’t be in foster care, separated from my brothers and feeling utterly alone. I gave up on God for several years and it took several more years after He found me again to understand and accept that He had not abandoned me to my circumstances but rather was there with me all along.
Many of the foster children that have entered our home have done so feeling a similar way toward God that I did all those years ago. “Some help God is” or “I don’t want anything to do with a God that would let my life turn out like this” are statements we have heard from the teens that are placed here. I used to think it was my job to convince them that God is good and their jaded concept of Him is wrong. Over time, He has helped me realize that my job is to love them, pray for them and emulate Him and His characteristics in the way I live my everyday life. The outcome, whether or not they ever see Him for the good, good Father that He is, is between them and God.
My daily prayer is that they will experience His goodness through me and that He will relentlessly pursue their hearts. What is your prayer for your foster kids?