Peanut Butter and Jelly, Anyone?
One thing has really stood out to me over the course of this last year, people are in need like never before in my lifetime. Today I am thinking mainly of material needs, and as my mind wanders through the people I know, everyone seems to be feeling the pinch to some degree. But what about the people who are not just feeling a pinch but who are in a situation they never thought they would be in, not enough groceries to feed their families.
The other night Lauren could not find anything she wanted to eat in the house and declared she would just have to go to bed hungry! I do not know if she thought that would cause me to run to the store or take her out to eat, but regardless she went to bed unsatisfied. I felt guilty, because truthfully, we did not have any Little Debbie's, chocolate milk, or all the other things that to a kid is food. So just for an instant I felt what many moms may be feeling now. It stuck my heart deeply as I imagined that I could not provide a very real basic need for someone God had entrusted to me.
During the course of our study of the Book of Ruth, one of the things we saw this week was that God was very concerned with the poor. In fact, He sat up very clear guidelines in order for people to have somewhere to go when they needed food. Look at Leviticus 19: 9-10:
'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien.
I am the LORD your God. '
More than likely, in our modern society this would be hard to apply, except in principle, the principle is that God cares for the poor. He expects not just that we care, but that we have action too. In the passage in Mark 14: 1-11, we would find an interesting phrase spoken by Jesus.
She did what she could.
If you are like me, when you think about people in need, sometimes our biggest stumbling block is that we can not fix the problem. But what if we did what we could? Did not try to solve it, just did what we could.
This week ask God to show you a way you can help someone in need. If you are taking part of our Bible study on Ruth, then I am asking everyone to bring a jar of jelly to class. Carrie Reed heads up our food pantry at my home church, North Pointe Church, and I asked her, "what could we do?" She shared that they have peanut butter most all the time, but hardly ever jelly. I thought of my girls, and if they have to eat peanut butter without jelly, it is a bad day!
Let's give a mom the tools she needs to make her little one smile!