I believe in a God who puts a burden on our hearts to have compassion on those who struggle with less than we, in the United States, are blessed with. If I am blessed with more , then it’s my commission from God’s word to I reach down to those who need it most. But I also “need”! There is that word we constantly rely on, “need” I need……to pay overdue bills, or the old car needs to be replaced. All worthy needs. But where does God come in?
I think He comes in when we lay before Him those needs with a trusting heart and ask for guidance to fulfill those needs and still allow us the extra to support those in need. After all, that is His exact promise. . . And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIT)
Tragedies of life, as well as necessities just plain get in the way of good intentions. No wonder the thought of giving up a commitment to continue sponsorship of a child in Haiti would cross our mind. It has crossed my mind a time or two but then one day I stepped back and tried to see the big picture. “Is it God’s way or my way?” I asked myself.
It’s hard to trust because we have all experienced failure from those close to us and maybe in our perception, God. I don’t want to say that God fails us but sometimes His ways are not our ways thus we are quick to say it’s a failure.
Have you ever stepped out in faith, much like the Priests carrying the Ark of God stepped into the river and there before them, something wonderful happened, the waters parted. They walked forth on dry ground.
There are times when I’m tempted to not send a sponsorship check but then my mind sees the little sweet face before me with those trusting eyes, wanting nothing more than to know that I will help them go to school. Those trusting eyes betray the hope of becoming the breadwinners for their future families and not be doomed to life as they know it.
Those trusting eyes! Yes they are looking to you so wouldn’t it make sense that you should be looking with trusting eyes toward your Heavenly Father?
My hope is that you would consider those “trusting eyes” when times get tough. If there comes a time when your needs have become so great that you have no recourse but to give up sponsoring a child, I hope you would let us know in advance so we can work on finding a replacement sponsor. When those needs are resolved, we will rejoice with you and hope you will again sponsor a child with us.
After all, those sweet “trusting eyes” deserve our best.