i love living in the now. i love my new iphone 4. i love instant access to world wide information. if there is a train crash in china, i’ll probably see video and pictures of crash within 30 minutes. i know what happens all over the world. this is handy.
this is also one of the biggest tests of whether or not you really love jesus, or just say you do on sunday. because now i can also see all of the people that jesus wants me to help. and i can’t claim ignorance anymore. i mean, i can, but lying to god probably doesn’t work as well as i’d like it to.
so here i am, minding my own facebook business when one of my fbook friends posts this link. why do i click on it??? because the lord has put ethiopia in my heart and obviously i like kids and the picture next to the link is a super cute baby.
so, i read about baby juddah and how he has a condition in which his skull has already fused together just weeks after being born. i’m not a doctor, but even i know that is bad.
what kills me is the way she said that they JUST don’t treat that in ethiopia. but we would treat that baby with surgery if he was here.
i close the blog and continue on my way reading about random updates from all of my friends. then the holy spirit takes a moment to beat me senseless.
first, this passage pops into my head. Matthew 37-40 The Message
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ ”
oh crap. did i just overlook that little baby? i tell god, ‘i’ve done my part. i’m listening to 2 little ethiopians snore right now…i’ve given all i can…when we get out of debt, i’ll sponsor 10 kids!!!’
but, to make a point, the holy spirit then reminds me that just 2 hours ago i was searching for new ugg boots (size 9 tall brown) on ebay and almost spent 75$ on new shoes. so, i have money for new shoes…but not to save a baby’s life. welcome to my spiritual spanking.
to sum up. i love technology and being connected to the whole world. but it also means that i am now responsible when the lord shows me opportunities to do his good work. i can’t say i didn’t ever see the least of us sick or hungry. because i see all over the world now.
ps- money where mouth is. no shoes for me. just 75$ to juddah for diapers and formula and clean water.