Monday, May 31, 2010

What Does It Mean to be Hungry?

Food has been a huge issue in our house since George came home. He doesn't hoard food, but he does eat...constantly...and a lot...always. He eats until he has a stomach ache. He eats if there are any left overs sitting on the stove. He eats if there is a special treat in the room until it is gone.

A lot of this comes from years of being hungry. I can't even imagine how a child's brain works when his body has been starving for years and then suddenly there is an abundance of food. I am not sure when he will understand that there WILL be more food tomorrow. Or, for that matter, that there will be food for the next meal.

George wakes us, eats breakfast and then immediately asks, "What's for lunch?"

When he gets home from school, he eats a snack and then asks, "What's for dinner?"

He eats as much as Joe these days.

And he is growing! He went from a size 4 to a size 8-10 in one year! He was much closer to Lincoln's size when we picked him up, and now he is creeping up on Isabel's height. His trunk has filled in...but his arms and legs are still so skinny.

So, I have been thinking a lot lately about what it really means to be hungry. And I have NO IDEA what that is like. Sure, there have been moments, or days in which I was very active and a meal was put off and I grumbled, "I am starving!" But we all know that I was FAR from starving. I don't know what it is like to go to sleep hungry.

George tells his brothers and sisters all the time that he only ate one time a day in Ethiopia. Can you imagine feeding our children only one meal a day? With no snacks in between?

Yesterday, while we were sitting in church, George picked up a note pad and a pencil and wrote these words, "Thank you Jesus! You gave me food."

We can talk about children being hungry around the world...but it is just talk for most of us. We don't know the reality of it. We don't SEE the children or HEAR their cries. And we have become bitter at the commercials that beg us to send $10 a month to feed a child. But the truth is there are millions of hungry children right now in the world...who are praying to Jesus for food.

God can use you to bring food...and at least one child. Will you think about it?

1 comment:

Karen McQuestion said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing your insights.