By: Justin Henry
BIBLE TEXT: Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Growing up in a home where both parents had ministerial positions, and one of them dealing with unplanned pregnancies, I had heard this verse many times before. However, while in Romania, it seemed to take on a new and greater meaning. I don’t quite know what I expected to discover when I met the orphans of Romanian Orphan Ministries, but I very quickly realized that they were very similar to me. They joked and laughed and had incredible servant’s hearts. They were just born into an incredibly different set of circumstances than me. Some might even say they were given a raw deal from the beginning. We experienced this first hand during our actual visit to the orphanage when we witnessed a mother leaving her child there. What kind of person does that, I thought?
As we spent more time with the orphans, I realized what a loss it was to the parents who abandoned these kids. They had been thrown away by their parents, and by society, but they were absolute treasures. That is when this verse jumped back into my memory. God knew all about each one of these precious souls well before they were even born. He knew the hardships they would face. He knew the nightmares that would haunt them. But He also knew the smiles they would bring and the joy they would share. He knows that about us too. Whatever your situation, God knew about it before you. Just like these orphans, you are not a mistake. You are a treasure to be valued. We were all orphaned to this world, but Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice on the cross so that He could adopt us into His family. You are an heir to Christ – and that is worth rejoicing over regardless of our circumstances!
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for dying on the cross so that I may become one of your children. Help me to remember that You knew me before I was born and that You created me for a purpose. Show me that purpose and give me the strength to fulfill it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: On a mission’s trip to Bolivia several years ago, Justin was broken for the people of God in a way that can only happen on such a trip. After that experience, and several like it, Justin began seeking God’s will more intensely and it has led him to begin the process of entering the mission’s field full-time. Until that time comes, he continues to operate Henry Brothers, a roofing and construction business.