She's only nine, but she's already been adopted twice. Four years ago she got a whole new life when she was adopted out of a government-run orphanage in China. In one moment, she went from darkness to light. From being unwanted to deeply loved. From having no one to belonging in a family that adores her.
Recently, Collins made the important decision to be adopted again....this time by her Creator. Yes, she's only nine. But she really gets it. As she says, "God is perfect, I'm not. God sent Jesus to take my spanking. I turned from my sin and asked him in my heart. I am now in God's family...forever!" That is the gospel, pure and simple. It's an adoption story. We once were lost but now are found, were blind but now we see. Coming into God's family for all eternity is the greatest miracle of all.
For Collins, the second adoption has resulted in new and fresh again. Her old life is gone in so many ways. Her behavior has changed because her heart has changed. There is a peace and stability that was never there before. And above all? She's got an exuberant joy that is pretty much breathtaking to behold. How amazing to look into her eyes and realize that God has miraculously orchestrated her adoption...twice!
For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether - the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. 2 Corinthians 5:17