A Family Reunion

The children came running back into our home like it was a family reunion

Exodus 2:1-25

Reference: “Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.” ‭Exodus‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: With fostering children I always say you have to “hold them loosely.” Although you may love them like your own, they sit within a whole system that has more authority than you do.

When asked how many children we have fostered we usually just say three. This is in reference to the three children who have lived in our home for extended periods of time (one is still with us). However, at the very beginning of our foster journey, we had three siblings stay with us for a short period of time.

It was just before Christmas and three siblings had been removed from school after confirmation of a violent father. They came to our home scared and fearful.

After only a few days the children relaxed and started to enjoy their time with us. The middle sister followed me around like a puppy and we built a strong connection in a very short period of time.

When it came time for the children to leave I was devastated. They had not found the next placement for the children yet, but if our agency didn’t take them back to the department, they would be forgotten within the system. It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.

Fortunately, the department did find them a new place to live, however they could only move in at the end of the week. We were asked if they could stay with us until then.

The children came running back into our home like it was a family reunion. I was so glad I could be there for them until the next place was ready.

Application: I was reminded of this time in our family’s life when I read Exodus 2. When Moses was a baby his mother feared for his life, so she sent him away in the hope of a brighter future.

She didn’t know exactly what would happen. It must have been the hardest thing she’d ever had to do. When her baby was returned to her she must have felt immense joy. Even greater than what we felt to be able to help three children whom we had only known for a few days.

We don’t always know what the future holds and, at times, we have to make tough decisions. This is when we draw on the wisdom God has given us and the advice He shows us through the Bible.

Sure, there are times when it would be easier to have a crystal ball showing us the future, but that is not how God works. We have to trust He will hold us even when the world throws us difficult decisions.

Prayer: Lord, we live in a fallen world where injustice and unfairness are prevalent. May we hold onto Your undying love in all the tough decisions we must make. Amen.

What has been your toughest decision?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.