I recently had a chance to go to a malnutrition orphanage in Guatemala. This was something that I had never thought of doing, but my family was going so I thought I would give it a try. I was hoping that I would just help with things that needed to be built or fixed. I had a chance to paint and move things but the leader asked me to go to a room with the kids so I could see what was going on.
The kids ranged from new born to about 6 years of age. No matter who the kid was they seemed to be several years behind either in size or what their capabilities on what they could do.
I have to say the biggest impact on me is the fact that I have so much and these people barely have enough to live day to day. To see parents drop their children off voluntarily because they do not have enough is heart breaking. To see kids that just lay there because they do not have enough nourishment is something that really blows my mind to say the least.
Although the issues with these parents and children exists, I do see a place that can help these children and this is awesome. To go to a place like this in the name of Jesus and offer love is such a blessing. With the ability to share the light of Christ in such a place is what we are all called to do.
This week two things really have touched my heart and these passages say it so well:
Jesus was concluding a message:
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” (Matthew 7:24-27 MSG) (Matthew 5-7 is Jesus message if you want to read it all.)
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalms 46:10 NLT)
Do you work Gods words in your everyday life? (Romans 12). Do you allow Gods words to be a foundation of your life? When the rain pours in life do you have a solid foundation? Are you living in a house of cards? Are you willing to allow God change your perspective?
When I looked into the children’s big solid brown eyes that were over a year old and they did not say anything all I could do is hug them, tell them I love them and be still and know that God is God!
Thank you God for blessing me so much and helping me change my perspective!