If we stand on the outside of life and make judgements we can be fooled by what we see on the surface and mistaken it for reality. To find the truth of anything we must go beyond the surface and find ourselves in the middle of it.
One the highlights of our most recent trip to Zambia was getting to sit down and listen to my friend Raphael (Director of the Children’s Nest Orphanage) tell stories of the faithfulness of God. With tears in his eyes he spoke of a God who never lets us go and never forgets us. From the outside we may look at the situation and ask “where is God?”, but when you enter into the situation, you find God all over the place.
In getting to lead teams, you have the honor and privilege of watching people enter into a new world for the very first time. One of my favorite parts of leading teams to Zambia is watching team members live scripture. Specifically I get to see scripture like James 1:27 lived out, which says: “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress…” (NASB).
There is something profoundly spiritual that is happening for everyone involved at the orphanage. In the laughter, the hugs, the painting, the games, the songs, and the story telling there is no differentiation between giver and recipient of blessing, everyone gives and everyone receives. To visit and love your neighbor is to love God Himself and enter into the most spiritual of acts.
Scripture paints the picture of a God who remains faithful even in the most difficult of times. While at Children’s Nest I was so thoroughly reminded of His faithfulness in story after story of His provision. When things looked the most hopeless and there was literally no money in sight, God provided time and time again. On numerous occasions what God provided was almost exactly to the dollar what was needed, even though those who gave had no idea what the amount needed was. It’s not coincidence when it happens over and over again.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)