by Anita Agers-Brooks
I am illegitimate, but I am not an accident. And no matter how you came to exist, neither are you.
I was forty-six years old, when through a dramatic series of events, I found out Dad, the man who raised me, isn’t my biological father. My identity is surrounded by mystery, but I know exactly who I am.
In the grief-drenched days, after I received DNA results confirming Dad isn’t my birth-father, I went to the Bible for comfort. My tears stained the pages when I read, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5). I sobbed over God’s promise to be, “A father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5).
A dear friend said in response to my story. “God sure must have wanted you. He went to a lot of trouble to create you especially who you are.”
I’ve learned she is right. I am not an accident.
There are six powerful things I discovered while the mystery unraveled:
1.I belong to God, no matter how I was conceived.
2.I exist to glorify Him by becoming the person I was meant to be.
3.I can go to His Word, and His people, to get more information.
4.I found my life’s purpose by asking Him to reveal my unique destiny.
5.I decided in a single moment never to give up.
6.I started by taking one step. Then one more. And another, and then another.
God knitted me together on purpose, with purpose, to fulfill a purpose. My unique DNA combination makes me especially qualified to do the work He planned for me before I was even born. I am wanted, because my Daddy-God adopted me. I am beautiful, because I look like my Daddy-God. I am the daughter of the King of Kings, which makes me a princess. I am secure in my identity, which is found in Christ alone.
But my story isn’t all about me. My story is also about you.
No matter how you started, or where you are today, you are meant for abundant life. You can live the dream God planted in your heart when He set you in the soil of your mother’s womb. You are not an accident. You know who you are. You look like your Daddy.