"Why did God have to make my life and my family this way?"
Rip. my. heart. out.
Speechless, I stared into Rosa's deep brown eyes. In all honestly, It was a good question.
Rosa comes by our house almost every day. She's usually just passing by, bringing flowers, asking for something to fill her aching belly...or just looking for hope in a place where she feels like she matters. Whenever I can, we sit together on the porch as she eats and I listen to her story. She has begun to open up to me, and that I consider a privilege.
I remember one day we sat on the porch, watching her brothers play and eating peanut butter sandwiches. We had just read a bible story about friends, so I asked, "Who is your best friend?" I got tears in my eyes as she pointed at me.
Why does her life have to be that way?
Why does she have to live in an abusive situation.
Why does she never have anything to eat at home?
Why can't she go to school?
Why do all 12 of her siblings live in one room?
Why can't she be a normal kid?
Not fair doesn't begin to describe it.
Anything I could come up in response to her question seemed so cliche. Its simple to say God is good all the time for someone whose life is all in all pretty good. But what about for someone who has absolutely nothing good in her life. How does that sound to a child with no hope, to someone who is called 'lice' by the community around her.
Her question has left me thinking, and I still don't have an answer. I don't know that I ever will this side of Heaven. All I know is that God's ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts... and I know HE doesn't call her 'lice' HE calls her His precious child.
It makes me think of the quote, "Sometimes I would like to ask God why he allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world, when He could do something about it...but I'm afraid He may ask me the same question."
While I may not know why bad things happen, I do know that when we see something wrong, and we have the ability to do something about it, we are responsible to do something about it. (James 4:17) Its not enough just to look into the face of injustice and say "poor you." You must take action.
“... Let us love, not just in word or speech, but in truth and action.”
- I John 3:18