There’s a new book out right now called ‘Kisses from Katie.’ Katie is a 21 year old girl from America who is currently the mother of 14 kids and living in Uganda. How in the world did that happen? She stepped out for a 10 month teaching assignment in Uganda and came face to face with poverty and starvation like she had never seen before. Katie began wrestling with the fact that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind and we are to love our neighbor as ourself. In a very simple yet profound way she says ‘Myself doesn’t want to be starving and so I don’t want other people to be starving.’ She has now left every semblance of familiarity and comfort behind and is now living in Uganda.
A little closer to home there are 2 ladies from StoneBridge church that one day decided that they didn’t want people going hungry right in our backyards here in Montgomery County. So these 2 ladies did something preposterous. They stepped out to start a food pantry with no experience or prior knowledge at all. They simply shared God’s heart for the poor and hurting and said ‘Yes’ Lord. There are now over 80 families a month who are experiencing the love and care of Jesus because of this one act of compassion.
These kind of stories challenge me. I am really good at rationalizing my way out of obedience. I can read a command in Scripture and come up with all kinds of reasons why I can’t obey it. Here’s a few: ‘it’s too big of a problem…’, ‘I have no experience…’, ‘I don’t have enough resources…’, ‘I don’t have enough time…’, etc. Oh, how I long to live more like this: ‘Ok God you said it…I just need to do it and let You, God, figure out all the details.’ You know I think God wants us to be more like that. This verse out of 2 Chronicles has always challenged me, “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His..” – 2 Chronicles 16:9a Our God is to have God’s heart and step out in faith and then God will do what He does best…strongly support us in doing His work in ways we could never fathom. Let’s get going!