here in Matthew 19?I wonder why we will always have the poor with us? Could it be found in the story of the rich man found
But she must go somewhere that she can be FED she exclaimed.
Fed what? I wondered to myself....I decided to let the conversation end there although I did apologize for my "passionate" response.
Only God can show us how fat and spoiled we are in America. I guess they didn't know I was talking about myself as much as anyone else in that dialogue.
He's shown me and I'm embarrassed by what I have sometimes. Guilt racks me when I realize that even in a state that I consider "fasting", I'm consuming more than so many people in the world...especially the children.
I consume ALL of the basic human needs and more everyday without so much as thinking- without so much as thanking.
Have you ever thought about your kids not having as much as they want to eat everyday?
As I fix 18 month old Anna a slice of toast for breakfast slathered with butter and our homegrown strawberry freezer jam, I mourn the thought of waking up in the morning with the knowledge that there is a mother somewhere in the world who has nothing for her baby to eat. The child cries out of hunger, bewilderment written in her confused eyes that her mother cannot soothe the pain of her hunger. Can you imagine it?
I know that God desires to bless His children and He wants us to receive our blessings with the utmost of thanksgiving, gratitude and enthusiasm- just like when we give our own children gifts. What fun would there be in thinking of the perfect gift, with the perfect attributes, the right color, the right fit...and then making it with your own hands only to have the child reject it, saying they were embarrassed by it because others had nothing as good? What if it isn't that God blesses us monetarily so that we can use that gain for extravagant cars, and houses, and furniture? What if His blessings come to us as a test? He meets our basic human needs and the overflow is for us to share with others as a witness of our love of the Giver and our understanding of His kingdom?
Would I pass the test? Would you?
How do we reconcile being so tremendously blessed in this nation with food, jobs, goods with the reality that much of the rest of the world is living in poverty? I've known poverty as defined by the IRS income bracket, but there is a vast difference between American poverty and poverty in a place like Indonesia (seen below).