“When my wife Maria and I at long last received the call that the legal process was over, and we returned to Russia to pick up our new sons, we found that their transition from orphanage to family was more difficult than we had supposed. We dressed the boys in outfits our parents had bought for them. We nodded our thanks to the orphanage personnel and walked out into the sunlight, to the terror of the two boys.
They’d never seen the sun, and they’d never felt the wind. They had never heard the sound of a car door slamming or had the sensation of being carried along at 100 miles an hour down a road. I noticed that they were shaking, and reaching back to the orphanage in the distance.”
Above is an excerpt from Russell Moore’s book, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (p.43). Moore’s experience of seeing his sons “reaching back to the orphanage” may help us consider ways in which we are spiritually reaching back from the Father’s presence trying to grasp that which is no longer fitting for the sons of God. For those of us reaching back, here are some questions we can ask of ourselves: Why are we reaching back? Do we really understand what has been accomplished to free us? Are we aware of the liberating power within us? Have we distorted the Father’s posture towards us?
After walking through our passage this morning, it is my prayer our hearts will be reoriented from slavery to sonship.
Mr. Daniel Ray