Time and time again in the New Testament, we read truths and insights that the Apostle Paul wrote to believers in churches throughout the known world at the time. And time and time again, we hear Paul talk about his weaknesses, his struggles, and the thorn in his flesh. He writes about his weakness, not to bring attention to himself, but to point the readers’ attention to the True Source of his strength, Jesus Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV), Paul writes, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” It is clear that Paul found his strength, his motivation, his power to endure, not in his own will or his own mind, but in Christ.
There seems to be a common school of thought when it comes to adoption, specifically adoption of older children or adoption of children from foster care. Some say that “adopting older children is not for the weak.” If we take the very basic truths we can learn from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, however, we would change our thinking. I think we should say that parenting the older adopted child IS for the weak. We have to realize that we are weak and powerless on our own finite, human strength. We have to realize that we can’t fix their deep wounds and any issues that might arise as a result. We have to realize that in our weakness, Christ’s strength comes shining through. This doesn’t mean everything will be easy or perfect, but it does mean that we are not alone. In our weakness, His strength is made perfect.
Written by: Melissa Hoffman