Right now, I am sitting at my air-conditioned desk on the 12th floor of my office building. My day as an audiologist consisted of hearing test after hearing test after hearing test – 11 patients total – with a leisurely lunch break mid-day. Throughout the day, I had various distractions ranging from an exploding email inbox to celebrating a coworker’s new baby to stressing over some large projects on the horizon. When I go home tonight, we will heat up some leftover food, play with our son, and if we’re lucky, catch our favorite TV show before falling asleep – and then the cycle begins again tomorrow. Can you relate to this?
And where does India fit in to all of this? The answer is, it really doesn’t. India is a completely different reality. While I feel a special bond with Indian people and culture, I do find that it takes a conscious effort to remember the kids of Bethania. I’m just being honest here. Day after day, I am surrounded by such incredible comforts of American wealth. This makes it extremely difficult to be mindful of the very real catastrophes of poverty in India. It truly is unfair that I have been blessed with so much, while others have so little. And the problems seem so overwhelming… yet, with everything that distracts me, I can pretty easily forget about them.
God never forgets about the Bethania children. He knows and loves Divya and Prakash exactly the same as he knows and loves you and me. He also knows and loves the countless other needy children whose lives have not yet been touched by Bethania. One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in Psalm 103, where it says:
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:11-14, ESV)
Thankfully God’s love is constant and unchanging, even in spite of our shortcomings. Though I can be self-absorbed at times, I know that Jesus Christ forgives my sin. I am inspired by God’s love to share the blessings that I have been given with the Bethania children. Through the mundane routines in life, it is important to keep the Bethania children, and all of those who are hurting and feeling unloved close in our hearts and minds. How do you try to remember all of Christ’s needy children throughout the daily routines of your life?