The first thing I do when I wake up is log into Facebook.
I hate that I do it, but it’s true. Just admit it, you do the same thing!
One morning, I scrolled through the updates, trying to focus my eyes and brain for the new day. Among statuses of friends talking about the weekend, I saw a post from a dear friend of mine, who is the director for a Pregnancy Center.
“We found out yesterday that one of our clients aborted. We have offered her (post-abortion) support. This ministry can be hard because our staff and volunteers mourn the loss of these children. Please keep praying for us and for the women who are faced with these difficult choices.”
Flipping over to Twitter, I saw an anti-sex trafficking organization talking about a raid in which several underage girls were rescued from forced prostitution. These girls’ stories are all too real. They are young girls, with names, with heartaches, and now, even though they have been rescued, still have a long road ahead of them.
CNN recently covered a story of a Chinese Baby ‘Hatch’, where parents can leave unwanted babies. Within the first 11 days of a Hatch being open, 106 children were dropped, including a six year old girl.
My heart can’t take it.
Sometimes, I just can’t handle it. There’s too much pain. There’s too many needs. There’s not enough hands, money, time, energy. I turn off my phone, I close my laptop.
But it’s still there.
That CNN article has been playing over and over in my mind for days.
No one likes to live in the tension of what to do with suffering. Those who have faith can easily use Romans out of context and reply flippantly “All things work out for good!!” Non-Christians can bypass this tension altogether and point out that Christianity is just a crutch.
How do I deal with such pain around me? How does God?
The Bible shows us God’s reaction to suffering.
1. He sees and responds: Exodus 3:7-8, Nehemiah 9:27
2. He waits: Job 24:12
Consider for a moment that God, in His all-powerful knowledge, wisdom, and sovereignty, has a bigger plan than we can possibly fathom. Sometimes, it is in God’s design for Him to step in, rescue the hurting, and punish the offender. Other times, He graciously waits to move until the timing is right. In these times, we can remember He is patient, but He is also just (2 Peter 3:9).
The severity of innocent’s suffering might just teach us that God’s bigger plan is much greater than we can possibly imagine.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
Until Then, What Do I Do?
Jesus has commanded his followers specifically – care for the widow, orphan, poor.
Ask God to give you a specific interest or cause with which to help. I cannot fully support every social justice organization, but I can take part in a particular cause.
Pray. If prayer is a constant state of mind, then I can have constant conversation with God in what I am learning about and seeing online. I can weep over tragedy and injustice. Just like David did in Psalm 79:11-12, I can ask God to step in and rescue. I can ask for His saving work in the lives of oppressed and the oppressors.
Get involved. It’s okay to start small. The friend who is the director at a Pregnancy Center didn’t start there. She began her work inexperienced and at a lower level. Over the years, she fell in love with the people she works with and has grown in knowledge and understanding.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
What specific organizations do you pray for and support?
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See You In The Round!
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