Sunday, July 22, 2007

One drop at a time

Grand Sweep Daily Reading: Isaiah 58, 59, 60

Isaiah 58:9-12 (NIV)

9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called a Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Good morning!

Yesterday afternoon, I learned about a beautiful little girl named Doli. I gazed upon this child's sweet face and listened with awe as the President of the Rainbow Network spoke about how Doli's life had been saved from certain death from malnutrition. Doli's mother had carried her child to the doctors, who had arrived to provide medical treatment for the people in her village. At that time, Doli was three years old. She had never walked, and looked to be the size of a three-month old baby. Emaciated and racked with fever, it was apparent that without immediate medical intervention, Doli would not survive. The doctors treated her that night, and helped Doli's mother receive a feeding plan for her child. Now, this bright little soul with eyes that sparkle like bright stars from heaven above is alive and well. She is a living testimony of faith!

Every human being is born with essential needs; the need to drink clean water, to receive daily food; the need to love and to be loved. Without essentials, people die from starvation, malnutrition and despair. There is so much suffering in the world today. How can you and I even begin to touch the needs of so many around us?

One drop at a time.

If every Christian alive committed to caring for one hungry child outside the walls of their own family, we could end the plight of hunger together. There are many opportunities for mission, and we do not have to look far to see true need. Many wonder why they should even try, and then we meet a little girl named Doli and thank God someone cared enough to extend their hand of help to her. I have no doubt that one day, this precious little girl will share her story with others. How much are you willing to risk to extend the miracle of life to a dying child?

Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord and spoke His Word with determination. Listen how the Lord speaks today: "If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like noonday." We can carry the love of Christ and extend the gift of life, one drop at a time.

The big picture can be overwhelming. But when we are confronted with the angelic face of Doli, it is only then we understand that through the power of our Lord, all things are possible.

Will you be Jesus to a little drop in the bucket of life? Who will you reach out to in love today?

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Pray for: the desire to take your compassion and turn it to a passion! Won't you choose to help a starving child today? If you are not sure where to begin, check out the Rainbow Network online. You can make a lasting difference for another human being, one drop at a time.