He couldn’t have been more than three years old. He had the most beautiful chocolate colored eyes and they were looking directly into my soul. I didn’t know his name or who his parents were or even if he had parents. But his solemn little face will forever haunt me, what he was doing is forever branded in my memory. It was so astonishing.
He was eating dirt……
For two weeks I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the little boy who ate dirt. I saw him on James and Betty Robison’s Life Today program. The missionaries were in Angola, Africa feeding the children. As they walked into a barren village with cameras rolling, they stopped to film this small child. He was scooping dirt from the ground with his hands and putting it in his mouth. He was starving. My heart skipped a beat and my eyes filled with tears at this horrendous display of poverty. I almost couldn’t watch but at the same time, I couldn’t turn away. Something deep inside told me I had to do something to help.
I had many of bills piled up on my kitchen counter that needed to be paid and momentarily, I wavered.
“God will provide,” the Holy Spirit whispered, prompting me on.
No matter the bills, I knew I could not dismiss this! That little boy ate dirt just to try to stay alive……just to keep his gnawing hunger pains at bay, and it broke my heart. I had to help, even if it was just a little bit.
Then almost urgently, I heard the Spirit within me: “Pray, right now for this child and all the others like him.”
I dropped to my knees in obedience and cried out to my Heavenly Father:
“Oh, God in all Your mercy, I know how much You love this little one. He is Your own creation, Lord. Save his life by stirring the hearts of millions of others to give, give, and give some more. Lord, we have so much and he has so little. He has only You to equip us; Your followers to feed him and save his life. Lord, please help us to be givers of life, just like Your Son, Jesus Christ. You sent Him to us so that we may have life, in abundance and we do, Lord. Open our hearts……lead us to share with others what You alone have given us. These children have nothing except us, to help them. Show all Christians around the world it is our duty, our honor to love as You loved, to give as You gave. And God, after you fill their little belly’s please fill their hearts with the love of Your Son, Jesus. In Jesus Precious and Holy name I pray, Amen.”
Little children are dying from starvation in this world of plenty. As James, the brother of Jesus said in James 3: 10; “My Brethren, these things ought not so to be.”
When I sat down to write the check, my little spoiled blessings (grandchildren) started arguing over whose turn it was to play the video game first. I wonder if they will ever realize how much God has given them? Then I pray again. This time for the salvation of my own babies souls……
Jesus said in Matthew 25: 33 - 40 (KJV) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me."
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, "Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?"
And the King shall answer and say unto them, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Please, be a sheep.
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