An orphan, as the dictionary defines it, is “a child whose parents are dead.” Being an orphan is not losing just one’s parents physically. It claws at us especially when our ties are severed, when hopes of success are deemed failures or even when being solitary in pain alienates us from joy.
An orphan is left out to feel the depressing state of being alone and neglected or worse, rejected. Even if parents are still around yet they are a million miles away in spirit, then a child is broken from the niche of protection and love leaving him to be in that needy plight.
Even the lack of friendships can leave us orphans because there will be no other person who can minister to our social needs. Left untended, our hearts are emptied of affection and disconnection evolves into its normal beat.
Being left an orphan tenders us hopeless and useless. It shouts inability to bridge connections translating abandoned solitude, sadness bordering despair and even meaningless existence harboring self-pity.
However, each one is blessed with an adoption, far greater than one’s birth. It says in Ephesians 1 verse 5 which says: “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
May anyone of us who feels like an orphan cry out to the Lord to open one’s heart and be adopted to His family. So that not one will even feel like an orphan ever again but a blessing bestowed by being handpicked to become a child in the family of the heavenly Father.
When orphans cry … God hears!