There are some things that never make sense.
How does that woman live in a house, which I cross every day, with no electricity? While coming back home from work, I always spot a candle burning but never a light bulb.
How do a bunch of kids, probably high on coffee, celebrate Diwali – festival of lights – bursting crackers with their family, when a few blocks ahead an old woman sits on the footsteps of her house selling vegetables in pitch darkness?
Poverty has never made sense to me. More so during the festive time. While I fidget to get home from work, which will be all lit up with lights and candles, there are others for whom it’s just another day of their long insufferable lives.
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. (Deuteronomy 15:11)
There will always be poor… ALWAYS? So, no matter how much one gives or shares, there will always be poor people with eyes that haunt?
You are to help your brothers until the LORD gives them rest, as he has done for you… (Joshua 1:14-15)
It’s easier to feel that the world rests on our shoulders. That we are the ones that can give rest to the weary ones.
You can wire the woman’s house and give her free electricity for the rest of her life. Or you can buy all the vegetables that the old woman’s has to offer.
You can give and buy, but they will ALWAYS remain poor until you the light the way for the One who can give them rest; the One on whose shoulders the world actually rests.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Don’t wait for an occasion to light someone’s heart.
Picture 1: Diwali lights in India captured by NASA (2012)