The gals at the Housing Projects threw a luncheon for us last week. They set the tables, they brought homemade food and handmade crafts. They told sweet stories about the transformation taking place in their lives, they sang us songs…. It was a rich time. My heart was so full, I didn’t want to leave. The thought of THEM serving ME, US— it just is too much.
Two years ago, I sat on a bench with a homeless woman in front of Walgreens in one of the nicer neighborhoods in the area. She wasn’t very talkative-probably used to people asking her awkward questions. I tried to say something that might bless her, but I don’t know that I did that very well….
As I walked away, I mumbled LORD, what are you going to do about all the homeless people here? I heard an almost audible voice say to me I’m waiting to see what YOU do.
Later that week, I asked Him the same question about the children who are kidnapped daily and sold into trafficking rings- right HERE in my own beloved state of Tennessee. I shook my head at God- WHAT are you going to do about these children???? Again, I heard His Voice, Well, I’m waiting to see what you’re going to do.
THEN I looked into my daughter’s eyes and wondered what her little friends from Preet Mandir Orphanage are up to right about now on the other side of this planet. When we left them in Pune, India, they were all little peanuts. But now, they’re all teenagers like the one sleeping in the next room. What is to become of the older orphans of the world? What will you do to care for them Lord?? And once again, the answer came to me clear as day, My Dear Child, I’m waiting to see what you will do to care for them.
Finally, I think this simple minded girl is starting to get it. I thought we were supposed to hear some big clanging bell as we’re seeking to find our “calling into justice work.” But maybe we’re to adopt the Nike slogan instead- Just Do It. Maybe it’s a matter of responding to the needs right in front of us. I don’t need to conduct years of market research and raise thousands of dollars to minister to the homeless. I can just go to the Mission down the street and start sharing the Love and Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ right here. Yes, this feels right…..
Likewise, I don’t have to go to strip clubs at midnight to minister to young girls who feel trapped in a vicious cycle based on low self worth. I can meet a friend for coffee at a local truck stop every week and spread the Light of Jesus there to the lonely. I like it.
AND orphan care does not necessarily mean I have to travel to the ends of the earth; I can minister to the once-orphaned in my own home and encourage others on their adoption journeys. Recently, what this looks like is this; sitting in the back of the juvenile courtroom to pray while a friend and a judge figure out a plan to help her adopted son. What an honor this is.
I think that instead of waiting for the clanging cymbal, I am going to walk through the doors as they open in front of me until they slam shut on my face. Oddly enough, I’ve not sensed a single door closing; I only sense God’s pleasure as I join Him in what HE’s doing in and around me. And these “missions” are not just projects to check off my list anymore. They’re people that I can’t help but fall in love with. The new Matthew West song confirms what I’ve been learning over the last 2 years.
Matthew West – Do Something Lyrics
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Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”
We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still