Last evening I chatted on the phone with a friend who doesn’t read this blog. We hadn’t caught up with each other for a couple of months.
She asked, “So, is there anything new going on with your family?”
Yes. We are pursuing the adoption of an Eastern European orphan with Down syndrome.
Later I got to pondering how abrupt, and extreme, and perhaps ill-considered that could sound from the outside.
Whaaaaaaat? What in the world?
Well, we found out that over there, children who are born with disabilities, like Verity, are stripped of their basic human rights and discarded into places like this one that adoptive parents recently saw, because those around them who are strong and able believe things like this~
“Sadly there is nothing we can do with these people in my country. (Russia). I mean….sad to say they cannot take care of themselves or contribute to society. So…it is all we can do. Maybe the conditions should be better, but many of them are violent and mentally unstable. So we have no other choice. Sorry It is sad…but one day I hope they will all find peace with God.” ~Katya
So, my friend, God has put a passion in our hearts to act on behalf of the “least of these.”
But there are so many needs, so many causes! Why choose this one?
And look how huge just this one particular need is! So many laws need to change, people’s hearts need to change, so many children will die while they wait for those changes, unless someone rescues them. And that takes so much money. How can you hope to make any difference?
Let’s apply that reasoning to some other obedience issues.
“There are just too many educational options. We’re not good with choices, so we’ve decided not to educate our children.”
“There are way too many choices of what to eat. It makes us feel so helpless. What if we pick the wrong thing? I guess we won’t eat any more.”
“Too many career options for our comfort level. We refuse to work at all.”
“The Bible is such a huge book that we can’t memorize it all right now. What if we accidentally pick the wrong verse? We won’t read it ever again.”
“All those shelves of personal care products! We are overwhelmed. We’re not taking any more showers.”
“There are so many people around. We can’t be best buddies with everyone, so…no more relationships for us.”
“All those clothing stores, all those styles. There’s just too much. We’re not good at choosing, so we’re going without clothes from here on out.”
“Our prayer list got too long. There are just so many needs; we’ve given up praying for good.”
“We have so many responsibilities that we don’t know what to do first. It looks impossible. We will toss the to-do list and stay in bed from now on.”
“Too many choices. If God wanted us to do all this stuff, He would have given us a special sign. We’ll just simplify our life by putting them all out of our minds.”
*shoo, shoo, go away*
“Now we feel much better.”
“Wait, one more?”
“Oh my, we’ve just become aware of the large numbers of orphans with disabilities who will die if they aren’t rescued. We feel overwhelmed by the greatness of the need. What if we accidentally help the wrong child? Since we can’t bring them all home to live in our house, or completely fund all their adoptions, we will turn away and do…nothing.”
That reasoning shouldn’t satisfy us, either.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” ~Jesus