By Kevin Ganiere
My wife, Charonne, and I have long had the God given desire to be involved in foster care/adoption, but we always dreamed of doing it “one day”. You know, when the kids were older. However, our “one day” was trumped by God saying, “NOW.” Then lots of paper work, classes, and meetings with social workers, plus a six-month wait, brought us our first foster daughter.
It was an emotionally draining but exciting time for us as we welcomed this fragile three-month-old into our home. Doubts and fear about whether or not we would be able to handle this situation were put aside by the fact that God had called us to it.
Two plus years into foster care, our family of five turned to six as we welcomed our second foster daughter into the family. (Side note: Four kids are no joke!) More doubts and fear surrounding the challenges this little one has brought have once again been trumped by the fact that HE had called us to this.
In 2 Samuel 23:14, David’s mighty men risked life and limb for a cool glass of water from a well that was beyond the enemy lines. Why? Because their King asked for it. Here is something I think we can get from this story of David’s men: They heard the request and acted. They didn’t say “Well maybe if we pass by there someday we could fetch that cold glass for you” or “after we defeat the enemy we can get that water.” They acted immediately.
I think a lot of times we miss out on the blessing of God because we don’t act immediately on what he says. But sometimes what God asks us to do is difficult or maybe embarrassing. When fear and doubt creep in, remember who called you – God, and then remember that fear is not from the Lord (2 Tim 1:7). You will never do anything great for God if you let fear paralyze you and keep you from doing what He has called you to do.
So what about you? What has God called you to do? Have you let fear and doubt creep in or have you said “one day”. Don’t let your “one day” be a distant nothingness. Let your “one day” be TODAY!