We met the children at the Children’s home briefly. We spent 10 days with them. As we prepared for this, we attempted to memorize their names. We studied and tried to match their names with their photos. It was hard to do. The names would not stick and each time we thought we were doing better, more names got added to the list as more children were added to the home – 24 in all including staff children.
When we arrived in Belize, we were warmly greeted with giggling swarms of children. Within 48 hours we easily put names to faces as we got to know them and began to see their different personalities. By the end of the week, we knew their names, their ages, and who their siblings were. And now their names are branded on our hearts.
Shortly after we arrived home we found out one of the girls had lost her mother. Today we found out that another little boy just lost his Dad which makes him an orphan. Such pain they have to go through. I sit here weeping for little children who had found their way into my heart. I am an entire continent away and I want to reach out and scoop them up into my arms and hold them. We are helpless to take away their grief. We pray that God will heal their pain and give their loving caretakers an extra measure of grace. I pray for the children we met at the children’s home often. I put their pictures in a prominent place. I say their names out loud. I do not want to forget. I do not EVER want to forget. God knows their names. He knows the name of each and every one and He will never forget.
Psalm 10:14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. NIV
The children in the home we visited are loved and cared for. They have been through a lot but God brought them to a place of hope and healing – but what about the others? We had seen so many abandoned, abused, and neglected children in our travels and in our own communities. What is our responsibility? What is our part? God’s direction is clear. Open your eyes wide and look, even when it makes you uncomfortable and when you look SEE. Become aware and when it seems overwhelming, too big of a problem, remember one person does not have responsibility for it all but each person should do their part. Most importantly remember to pray for the vulnerable and orphans because not one of those children are strangers to God.
Psalm 82:3-4 Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. NLT
Psalms 10:17-18 LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them. NLT
While trying to sort it all out in my mind, I came across a picture that I had taken. It was of a rose bush that had gotten separated from all of the other plants and somehow gotten enclosed in the plastic sleeve of a hydro pole anchor. The rose grew there in the dark for a long time – slowly creeping toward the light. An amazing thing happened and against all odds, the rose burst from the top of that long confining tube and bloomed in all its glory, and not only did it bloom, it thrived! God has placed these children in this home for a specific time when everything seems very dark for them. In this safe loving environment, many still in survivor mode, inch their way towards the light. God SEES them there in the darkness because nothing and no one escapes His notice and He guides them toward the light and hope, the hope they have in Jesus Christ. I just know God has great things in store for them by His mighty power. It is not hopeless! I would love nothing better that to see them burst into the light and bloom and THRIVE!
Little ones God loves you more than you can imagine. He wants you to give your life to Him.
He is a safe Daddy and He will not hurt you. He will take care of you. He is on the side of the helpless.
You will never be an orphan with the God of the universe as your heavenly Father.
God has a plan for you and a purpose for your life beyond what you could ever imagine.
He will make a way for you if you let Him, even when it seems impossible.
HE HAS GATHERED EVERY TEAR THAT YOU HAVE SHED in a bottle and He will not forget one of them!
NOT A DAY OF YOUR DESPAIR WILL BE WASTED because God can turn them into situations for His good!
HE CAN REDEEM EVERY SCAR ON YOUR BODY for His glory and His purposes if you will allow it!
HE CAN SALVAGE EVERY MOMENT OF PAIN that you have felt to further His kingdom!
HE SEES YOU. HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU AND HE KNOWS YOUR NAME!
Exodus 22:22-23 You must not exploit a widow or an orphan.
If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. NLT
Psalms 68:5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows–this is God, whose dwelling is holy. NLT
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