Radical

I mentioned to you a few posts ago that I ordered the book Radical by David Platt. I received it earlier this week and I am about halfway through.

I’ve really been enjoying it, agreeing with what he has to say, but this really hit home…

“It is easy for the numbers and statistics regarding the poor and needy to seem cold and distant. The idea of billions in poverty or twenty-six thousand children dying from starvation or preventible disease before we lay our heads on our pillows tonight seems hard to imagine.

This was the case for my wife and me when we began the process of adopting our first son. We had read the statistics before…. and they were staggering. Millions of orphans in Africa, a number that is rising dramatically as a result of the AIDS crisis that is currently taking the lives of moms and dads across the sub-Saharan plain. Millions of orphans in Asia, many if not most of whom are destined for lives in crime and prostitution if they are not adopted. Millions of orphans in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

As overwhelming as these numbers were to us, I have to admit they were still just numbers to us before we traveled to Kazakhstan to get our son. It’s not that we didn’t care. After all, we were going through the adoption process. But the numbers still seemed distant, removed from our daily life in suburban Birmingham.

But everything changed when we made our first trip to the orphanage in Kazakhstan. We saw children playing outside. We walked past their rooms inside. Suddenly those numbers on a page came alive in our hearts. We realized it was Caleb who was sleeping in one of those cribs, and it was Caleb who was included in those numbers. All at once the numbers became real… and personal.

We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend that they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes. “

2 thoughts on “Radical”

  1. Oh how true that last paragraph is! We hosted an 8 year old with no intentions to adopt a child so "old", and now I can barely function as this wait goes on and on… I know her name, I know her story, I know her need. There is no forgetting her, and certainly no leaving her behind. Getting pictures of her and her friends reminds me of her need. And gives me hope that we will be able to adopt more than one. They all need mamas and papas. I pray we all get to our waiting kiddos soon… After going I have a strong feeling I'll go back… It will be too real to forget.God does some radical things in this world, leading us to eastern europe is just one of the many… He is so very awesome.

  2. First, isn't God amazing. How He can transform our hearts, minds, and desires right before our eyes? I'm so thankful for His steadfast love and grace…even when I don't deserve it. I thank Him daily for opening my eyes to adoption…it's His plan!And second, LOVE DAVID PLATT…I told Q the other day that I was waiting on him to come out with another book. He's one of my favorite pastors (and authors now!)Praying for you!

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