This story speaks for itself. Meredith's adoption epitomizes God's adoption of His children. No matter how rocky the road we've been on or how challenging our behavior might be at the beginning of our relationship with God, He adopts us into His forever family and gives a place where we are loved beyond measure and are kept safe (Eph. 1:5-8). Even death's sting cannot touch us because we've been given the victory over it in Christ.
That type of family makes for the best possible way to fight human trafficking. For parents to safeguard their children and where children don't have a family for Christians to embrace them, love them, and provide the support, encouragement, and affirmation they need.
At the same time there is responsibility on the part of the child; Meredith had to recognize and receive their love. She could have walked out the door and never looked back. Instead several components likely contributed to her heartfelt joy:
- Prayer. God is the One who changes hearts and minds. No doubt this girl had a troubled past and God did an incredible work of healing by giving Meredith a soft and tender heart. Zach and Anna appear to be a praying couple. I'd bet they were on their knees for this girl.
- Perseverance. This couple pressed on despite the initial difficulties.
- Generosity. Food, shelter, clothes, and other necessities don't come cheap even for a young woman who may be doing the best she knows how to meet her own needs. A big contributor to the problem of human trafficking is girls aging out of the foster care system with no family support. Forced to live on the street they become prime targets for traffickers.
- Selflessness. A derogatory comment accused Zach and Anna of using Meredith to babysit their kids. In many (maybe most) families, older children help with younger ones. Some may resent it, but that's what families do. Meanwhile the mom generally performs a multitude of other tasks that help each child regardless of age. Not only that but parents problem solve for each individual personality and care for each child whenever they are sick. They cook meals for them, shop for them and on and on and on. Zach and Anna likely work hard to provide not only the material needs but the spiritual counsel and emotional support Meredith needs.
- Love. Real love has been given with no strings attached. The kind of love that listens and hears and cares and prays. The kind of love that satisfies and makes a person secure. The kind of love we all want.