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Having a Destiny
By Guest Author on October 24th, 2012

There’s a song we sing sometimes that goes,

“Now I have a purpose; now I have a destiny. You made me for Your glory, You made me for Your glory.” 

It’s such a fun song. It has a catchy beat and a rhythm that makes it hard not to dance. It’s the kind of song that you sing with a huge smile on your face—not only because you’re happy, but because every other person singing the song with you is happy too. All of a sudden you realize, “Oh yeah, I’m important to Him!” And it’s a good feeling.

But today, we sang it at our weekly special needs Malachi 4:6 prayer meeting—I cried. I couldn’t help it.

Most of the kids in that room had been seemingly robbed of all purpose and destiny. Some of them grew up struggling to survive in little orphanages, alone and forgotten. Some came from the streets, where they had been neglected and abused. Some of them were diagnosed as retarded and labeled as unwanted by the world.

I couldn’t even sing as I looked around at these children, who were no longer forgotten, no longer neglected, no long unwanted— all singing to Jesus, “You made me for Your glory!” and believing every word of it.

One little boy in particular sings that song with everything inside, and seeing him sing has forever changed my life.

Sasha was adopted with two other boys in 2009 from an orphanage in the Ukraine where he wasn’t expected to live very long. Sasha has Spina Bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. He didn’t know how to sing, he was terrified of the dark, and he needed a lot of healing in his heart from years in an orphanage without a mom and a dad to love him. I didn’t know him then, but I know him now—and I know that when he sings at the top of his lungs, “Now I have a purpose, now I have a destiny,” I can’t keep my tears back.

That little boy, wheelchair bound, totally incapable of doing so many of the things that I take for granted, has a purpose. Sickness didn’t win. Abandonment didn’t win. Neglect didn’t win. Fear didn’t win. Jesus won. No matter what happens to Sasha now, he will always know that he was made for God’s glory. And no matter where I go after this in my life, I will never forget watching Sasha sitting on the floor with a mic in his hand, singing, “Now I have a purpose…”

Redemption is so worth it. Children can grab hold of the truth that they have a purpose. Each one can live out a destiny not previously available to them—if someone will pay a price and bring them into a home.

“My friends, adoption is redemption. It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him.” Derek Loux

– Baylea Osborn

Baylea Osborn is an International House of Prayer student and a participant in the 2012 OJC Fellowship. 

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