As I kneeled weeping before the Lord because of messing something up that has caused unnecessary stress to others, I was throwing a grand ‘woe is me’ party for all the many things I’ve messed up over the years that hurt others, thinking, “Why, oh Lord, do you love me?” It was then He helped me understand (with awe) His great love for me by using my own history.
My husband and I could not biologically have a child unless by miracle or adoption. How adoption works is that once you are approved as acceptable parents to an agency, then you wait for children to come available. Once a specific child is ‘shown’ to you, then all their known history is given to you so that (after studying the potential repercussions of their various issues) you can make an informed decision of whether they will be a good fit to your family. For instance, a child might need a rigid schedule that you cannot provide. (Lk. 14:28- count the cost)
My husband and I turned down a few prospects because of needs we were unable to accommodate. (Once we were even asked to consider 7 siblings- all special needs kids!) Of course, there will always be unknowns as in childbirth. What happens from that acceptance is a getting to know you phase which length of time probably increases with the child’s age. As an older (mentally capable) child, the judge who approves the adoption will ask the child if he wants to be adopted by these people.
So now I’ll put this all together. I was that older child the day I repented and stood before the Lord. He, who knows ALL, which means all my life from birth to death including: all the good, all the people I’d hurt, the damage I’d do, my many mistakes and sins, my unfaithfulness, hatred, anger even against Him, (basically all the bad) He knew it all and He still said, “Yes!” to the adoption*. Because of His great love for me, He said, “Yes!”
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God… 1Jh. 3:1
And the Father says, “Yes!” to all who would turn to Him:
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. Jh. 1:12,13 ESV
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, coming into being out of a woman, having come under Law, that He might redeem those under Law, so that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gl. 4-6
For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father! Rm. 8:15