This is the second Weird of Wonderful devo that was published in Keys for Kids. In my original, I had Sophie dancing in a purple tutu. That understandably got edited out because dancing is an area of contention among some Evangelical circles. I remember learning in my 8th grade Bible Instruction class that Pastor Aubrey McGann was not in favor of dancing, and he was a big, more-than-slightly-intimidating man, so I did not even think about questioning his opinion. I do understand dancing can be inappropriate, but I have never gotten my head around the idea that all dancing is bad. I mean, David danced with all his might in the street in his skivvies as an act of worship for goodness sakes. And though his wife was less than impressed, I have a feeling God received Glory through that act of worship. Anyway…I digress. I hope you enjoy the following devo.
Michael pointed. “Look, Zoe,” he said as he and his family arrived at the home of his best friend, Casey. Through the window, they could see little Sophie, who had been adopted from Africa several months before, twirling around the room.
When Sophie’s mother opened the door and Sophie saw the dinner guests, she giggled and fell onto the couch. “It looked like you were having fun, Sophie,” said Michael’s mom as Zoe took hold of Sophie’s hands and spun around with her.
“Hi!” Casey dashed into the room and greeted his friend. “Are ya hungry? Mom’s got pizza all ready for us.”
Soon they were enjoying their meal of pizza and root beer floats. When they finished, Sophie took up her spinning routine again. The adults laughed as all the kidseven the boysheld hands and spun in circles. It was a fun evening for everyone as they visited and played games.
“You know what, Dad?” said Michael as his father tucked him into bed that night. “I thought it was really weird when Casey told me he was getting a sister from Africa, but now it seems like Sophie was always supposed to be a part of his family.”
“I noticed that, too,” Dad replied as Michael nestled under the quilt. “It’s plain to see that they all love her a lot.”
“Yeah, and she seems really happy, too,” Michael observed. “They love her, and she loves them.”
Dad smiled. “Adoption is an incredible thing, isn’t it? You go from not knowing someone to dancing around the room together, loving each other, and all being part of the same family,” he said. “And you know what? That’s something like our relationship with God.”
“You mean . . .” Michael hesitated, then began again. “You mean because when we ask Jesus to be our Savior, we go from not knowing Him to being a part of His family?”
“Yes,” replied Dad. “The Bible says He adopts us as His children. He loves us so much, and we love Him in return.” Dad tucked the quilt snugly around Michael. “I think it’s great of God to use a giggling, twirling little girl to give us a picture of how much He loves us, don’t you?” Laughing, Michael agreed.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you know anyone who has been adopted? Through adoption, God gives a beautiful picture of His love for us. When you trust Jesus as Savior, God adopts you into His family. And His family is the place you were meant to be. Adoption into a family—especially into God’s family—is not weird. It’s wonderful! Accept Jesus as your Savior today and become a part of the family of God.
TODAY’S KEY VERSE: (John 1:12 )
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.