Here’s the reality of today: our world is broken in countless ways. In the past month alone, we’ve heard a continuous stream of names that are shaded with pain: Harvey, Charlottesville, Nigeria, Spain, Afghanistan… and these are just the ones deemed “newsworthy”. All over the world, there are incidents of hatred, racism, violence, and tragedy that go unmentioned or unfelt from our little corner of the planet but are no less heartbreaking.
It’s easy to get overcome with rage or overwhelmed with sorrow. And it’s tempting to allow these feelings to result in a lack of action. But what do we do when the hatred seems unending – when the disasters caused by nature (human or otherwise) keep on coming as if pulled by an endless tide?
I can’t say what is right for you. But as for me, I can pray. I can cry out for justice to the God of justice. I can ask for wisdom and direction on the right and practical action to take. I can beg for a more compassionate heart and the ability to use it towards the good of another. I can give generously – of my time, of my resources, of my heart – remembering that all of these things have been generously and undeservedly lavished on me. And I can have hope.
Though the world is broken in almost every way, I believe in a God who makes all things new. He is restoring all the brokenness in me, he is restoring all the brokenness in this world, and he has promised to one day redeem every broken bit of humanity and creation forever.
Until then, I look to that day with expectation and hope – doing whatever I am able within my own little sphere of influence. I grieve, I pray, I give, I act. And in moments where I need that extra little pick-me-up, I put on a pair of bright yellow shoes and dare to love greatly because I am loved greatly.
So how about it, friend? Won’t you join me? Take hope, pick your little bit of sunshine, and let’s get to work.
Since most of you are in the U.S., here’s some practical steps you can take in the wake of Hurricane Harvey:
- Donate money. Visit CharityWatch or Charity Navigator before donating to make sure your donations are going directly to the victims. I personally am giving through Samaritan’s Purse.
- Donate blood. Contact your local donor center or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to locate your nearest drive.
- Donate non-perishable food, clothing, medical supplies, baby items, and hygiene products. (Though if you are not nearby, most affected food shelters are stressing that monetary donations are more impactful than physical goods due to a lack of storage facilities in Texas.) Contact your local food bank to see how to get donations to Houston, or mail diaper/wipes donations to The Texas Diaper Bank.
PHOTOGRAPHY by Job Garcia