As I’ve written about recently, Michelle and I have been going through the foster certification to become licensed foster parents. In Arizona alone, there are currently more than fourteen thousand kids displaced without a home.
So here’s an update: it’s getting harder and harder for us.
Keep in mind, we still haven’t “done anything” yet. We are still plugging away at our weekly classes and other requirements. But week after week of hearing stories of despair about kids starts to take its toll. Although tempting, the solution isn’t to abandon the training and remove ourselves from the opportunity to bring new children into our home. The solution we need in this situation and any situation in which reality creates a sense of despair is to figure out what God is doing in all of it.
I once read a powerful quote from Wolfgang Simson addressing this feeling: “A spiritual stronghold is a mindset, impregnated with hopelessness, which causes us to accept as unchangeable, that which we know to be contrary to the will of God.”