Barrenness, Adoption Fraud, and Trust

*Update: Sorry. I can’t figure out why the video won’t embed. The link is at the bottom of the post.

“Three things are never satisfied; four never say “Enough”: Sheol, the barren womb. . .” (Proverbs 30:16).

Barrenness, adoption, infertility. These are themes that interest me because they have played a huge part in my life and in my ministry. Nearly every month I get a call or a letter from a barren couple seeking counsel on how to cope with their trial or how to pursue adoption. Like fire, like a dry and waterless land, and like Sheol, the barren womb craves. Learning to trust God and believe in His providence while craving and yearning is one of the supreme discipleship tests for the Christian couple who has been called to barrenness.

This recent story of an adoption scam caught my attention because the couple openly admits that they ignored red flags. The red flags in their situation were so blatantly obvious one wonders how they could have missed it. But craving is a strong emotion the blinds reason. This is why faith must contain the cravings we have in life.

When my wife and I were contacted by our daughter’s birthmother seeking to place her baby for adoption, we had already been through some disappointing situations. None were as costly as the couple’s in this story, but we had learned in barrenness James 1:5, that the trying of our faith produces patience. Patience, we grew to understand, is the quiet submission of our will and emotions even in circumstances beyond our control. And, today, I would add: even when things seem too good to be true.

Watch the story here and click on the link to watch the full 17 minutes of drivel that comes from the girl’s mouth. You’ll marvel that someone could have been so easily duped. But desire is so strong, it’s blinding.

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

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