This phrase caught my attention: "Yes, Seeing requires something,..." [pg 9 Second Touch, Brodie and Brock Thoene]
Seeing...Seeing the hurt, discerning the unjust, understanding the need.
Matthew 25:37-39 (CJB)
37 Then the people who have done what God wants will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and make you our guest, or needing clothes and provide them? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’
The journey of "seeing" has required something...it has required introspection, engagement and sacrifice. Over 13 years ago "seeing" is what opened the way to our family journey into the world of housing ministry. Day after day my husband and I would see young men and women walking up and down the city streets, see the progression of a young pregnant woman turning into a young woman pushing a stroller accompanied by different friends. We would see the going in and out of houses and the apparent random families that were being created in response to broken down family systems. We began the introspection of what does this mean, what am I seeing and who is reaching these young, random families in our community, who is telling them that there is another way, who will go? This finally led to the decision to engage through the sacrifice of leaving the life, comforts and possessions we knew to step fully into our roles as live in house parents.
This seeing has continued...with each young woman and child and family encountered, seeing the realities of brokenness, sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment...being asked to open the door of our hearts to the realities of sex trafficking and the slope of decline when our sexuality is used outside of God's design. Seeing the link of pornography, abortion, sex trafficking and the cycle of drug addiction. The seeing continues to press and require a response. The seeing continues to challenge and to change. The seeing and being seen continue the introspection, engagement and sacrifice.
Ezekiel 47:6 (CJB)
6 He asked me, “Human being, have you seen this?” ...
May your eyes be open to see! May you press in to understand the need! May you wait for the Lord to direct your path to respond!