craziness that happens in the world on a daily basis.
As you know, it is all I can do to keep my families underwear clean
and put away.
Add to that, the knowledge of a some great need,
other than tonights dinner menu and I tend to get a little paralyzed.
Because I am so small and the needs are so big.
(We're talking in generalities here...the term "small" is not in
reference to the circumference of my thighs or the amount of pride
the Lord has to deal with in my heart...but I digress....)
And when things like world catastrophes or horrific stories
of abuse or children starving come to my attention,
I often get angry or teary or pray things like,
"How can this be?" or "How can we stop this?" and
I am left feeling powerless, hoping that God in his all powerfulness
is on the move.
I love that line in the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
when the Beavers tell the Pevensey children why things are changing,
why the snow is melting, why the trees are blooming.
They say, "It's Aslan. He's on the Move."
And the Beavers? They were excited to be a part of it.
It's stirs the heart to hope.
This morning when I logged onto the computer, it said maybe 22,000 people
are dead in Myanmar, formerly Burma, because of the cyclone.
And I said out loud, "Oh, Jesus, help them!"
Because I can't imagine one family being gone in an instant let alone an
entire cities worth of families. And the need is so enormous, what can be done?
And then I opened my e-mail and I had received this note from World Vision.
World Vision is airlifting emergency supplies to survivors of the devastating cyclone that struck Myanmar over the weekend. Right now, more than 10,000 people are feared dead. Thousands more have been left homeless and desperately need food, shelter, and fresh, clean water. Please click here to rush them aid!
World Vision is delivering emergency supplies to the children and families who've lost their homes in the cyclone. Your gift today will enable us to speed critical aid to the survivors. Some of the most important items include:
* Emergency food
* Survival kits
* Water purifiers
* Tarps and shelters
* Mosquito nets for survivors
Over 10,000 have died, and hundreds of thousands are homeless in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.
AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Yunfei
World Vision's National Director in Myanmar, James Tumbuan, described a chaotic scene: "Yangon totally collapsed. All the roads were blocked with fallen trees ... Getting drinking water is a real problem. We need water purification units like those that were used in the tsunami. It could take days to get the electricity back."
As you respond, please also pray for the people of Myanmar as they struggle to recover from this terrible disaster. Thank you, and God bless you for your faithful support during times of emergency.
And then I wondered...is it a coincidence that I said to Jesus, "Help them!"
and then 2 seconds later I get an e-mail telling me how I can help them?
I don't think so. It seems to me that quite possibly Jesus is on the move.
Helping. Healing. Binding up the broken hearted.
And I would like to be a part of that. And I thought you might too.
So if you don't have an avenue to do so, here is a small cup of water that
you can pass along to those in great suffering in the name of Christ.
Partnering with World Vision is a practical act
to add to the layers of prayer that you send up on behalf
of the people in Myanmar that God loves so much.
You can do it here