We were making a “flying” road trip to the capital, along the roadside there was a very elderly gentlemen, his clothes threadbare hanging on an even more frail body. He hobbled along barely managing to carry the heavy jug of water. I didn't see any immediate water source, so I knew he was likely hauling the water some distance. My heart broke for him and I wondered: Where are his children? Does he have any family? He obviously had a difficult time getting enough food to thrive. Then God spoke to my heart, as He has numerous times over the last few months: "Laura, I see. I am the God who sees.”
The God Who Sees. This is what God says repeatedly throughout the Bible, He tells us "I see...” “I have seen..." God has given me this comfort as I have taken my trials to Him and He gives this same comfort to the frail old man struggling to haul his daily water supply, the grandmother who went to bed hungry yet again, or the widowed mother struggling to work and provide for her children to attend school, or the school boy who's books have been thrown to the ground by bullies because his book backpack is broken.
And, our loving God not only sees, but he acts in keeping with His character. Immediate resolve and action does not always come right away-but someday it will come perfectly! We hope with joyful anticipation for the future when all things will be put right. But, in the moments of not always being able to resolve suffering God brings comfort in the words: "I am the God who sees."
I was recently watching the movie The Letter on the life of Mother Theresa. One of the things she said in the movie is: "The greatest suffering is to feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for and alone." So many people here feel unloved, unseen, and uncared for. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom as I work alongside Him, trying to bring comfort in letting people know they are seen—and that most important of all, my God sees and hears them. And, although I can’t help everyone with everything, Jesus Can.
This week I sat with a young friend on the front porch who is struggling in a family where the Dad took a second wife and hasn’t really continued to care for his first wife and 10 children. My friend said: “I hate being poor, I feel God has abandoned me.” That morning I had read some Psalms including these verses and I shared with my friend that God has promises especially for those who are poor:
“For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever… But you have seen, for you observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; you are the helper of the fatherless…Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; you will cause your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more… For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise, says the Lord. I will set him in the safety for which He yearns. The Words of the Lord are pure Words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth. Purified seven times. You shall keep them O Lord.”
Beautiful verses! So friends, I know back in America there isn’t the same physical poverty as there is here, but there are other types of poverty-perhaps an “unseenness” amidst the busyness of commerce and social media landscape, or perhaps a situation in your life (a suffering that is unseen or not understood by those around you). Take heart in that truth that our all-knowing and all-powerful God sees. He is the God who sees.
Thank you for your continuing prayers for me as I seek to be the hands, ears, and eyes of Jesus. And, thank you for your faithful support-I see it every month on my donor report and Thank God for YOU!
A Once in a Lifetime Experience: The Arrival Celebration of the Lubwisi New Testament! What a special day. Thank you for praying for us and standing with us. It was a once in a lifetime experience. For some Missionaries celebrating a life-time of work. I found myself choked up with happy tears a few times throughout the day. I've been especially encouraged by how the young people here are excited and interested in reading the Bible in their own language. Pray that the seed of His Word would fall on good soil and bear much fruit! Here's a picture of the NEW New Testaments-but you can see more HERE!