DayBreaks for 02/21/13 – Go Be a Mosquito
I was fortunate enough to go to Haiti in April, 2010 after the devastating earthquake. When you have been to Haiti and seen the rubble (both concrete and human) from the shaking of the earth, you start to realize what a huge problem faces that nation and that people. And while it may seem silly to have to say it, they are people – made in the image of God, beloved by God – people as dearly precious as anyone else on the face of the earth. Jesus doesn’t love the poorest Haitian any less than He loved Mother Theresa or Billy Graham. He died for each of them, too.
When you’ve been to India and seen some of the 250 million Dalits who are considered by some in that country to be nothing more than sub-human refuse, fit only to clean and carry human or animal waste by hand in a slop-bucket from the street or latrine, you are first ashamed of your own wealth, then angry at those who perpetrate such injustice, then confounded about what it would take to ever change their plight.
When you hear in the news every day about some mass killing, about the rape of women and children, about people freezing to death on the sidewalk, about the peddlers of obscenity and filth, about those who hold human life to be no more important or significant that than of an ant and who can take life without any conscience at all, when the rich oppress the poor and subjugate them only to make themselves richer, one can begin to doubt that this is a good world created by a good God. That doubt easily gives birth to numbing resignation.
We resign ourselves quickly to the trash heap of insignificance in the face of such huge mountains of problems. It is understandable. After I came home from Haiti, I was asked in a radio interview and by others, “What can be done to solve this?” My answer was this: “Only the return of the Lord can solve the problem.” That was what came to mind as my thoughts swept back through the sights I’d seen, the smells I’d smelled, the misery I’d heard.
My answer was partly right, but mostly wrong. My response was focused on what I could do as a single human being, or what any single human being could do, not on the power at the disposal of the God of heaven and earth. As a human I was overwhelmed, stymied, resigned that I couldn’t do anything to make a difference. It’s an easy trap to fall into – a trap prepared by the great enemy himself – Satan.
Still – God has enrolled us to be His agents of change. To be His hands and feet. Are we too small to make a difference? Of course. Let me ask it again: are we too small to make a difference? No, absolutely not. What do I mean? Consider this African proverb that I think is very insightful: If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.
Can God solve the problem without us? Sure. But we are to be like the mosquito in the room – agitating for change, advocating the cause of widows and orphans, crying out for justice to be done and injustice to come to an end, sharing truth and love wherever we go – even if we get swatted for it. We are to give what we can, do what we can – and let God finish the job in His way and in His timing.
Now, go be a mosquito.
PRAYER: Lord, I pray that you keep me from believing in my insignificance so much that I throw my hands up in resignation at the misery and injustice in this world. Give me the courage to act – and leave the outcomes in Your hands! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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