Saturday, October 17, 2009

No Picky Eaters Here

There are things I have never heard here. For instance: I’m not hungry, I don’t like that, That looks gross, I don’t want to try it, Can I have the red sucker instead of the yellow one, That’s not the way I like it, This doesn’t taste good, I can’t eat another bite, I’m saving room for dessert……Children who have known hunger…They are a unique bunch. I’ve heard adoptive parents comment that their children have food issues, but I never understood it until now. They turn down NOTHING. Being a member of the clean plate club is not an option, it’s a matter of survival. Perfectly good food is not off limits just because it hit the floor. Touch so much as a bean in their bowl and you might draw back a nub. Eating is serious business! It is not about taste or pleasure, but staying alive. And these children get 3 meals and at least one snack a day. They have plenty. I suppose it’s not so easy to leave hunger behind. It must stay with them…even haunt them. It is so very real…the possibility that there may be no more food. It breaks my heart and honestly, it makes me mad. How do we allow this to happen? Jesus is hungry and we are not feeding him! (and for anyone thinking, “well, it’s not really Jesus”…you might want to skim through Matthew) Today, 30,273 more will die. The hunger pains won’t go away…more food will never come.
Dear Lord, forgive us! Open our eyes!

BONUS UPDATE: Our little girl “R” passed court !!!! Jesus Rocks !!!! Her family should be here to get her in a few weeks. I will do a post about her with pictures when that happens.


Anonymous said...

My Jessica is a picky eater, although we are really making her at least try portions of food. You bring direct light into the "somewhere a child is dying" saying as we so appreciate your insights.

Phillipians 4:4. To have JOY we must remember Jesus first, Yourself last, and Others in between.


Chris said...

So thankful for your blog & insight. And so excited for "R"'s passing court & her new family! Hopefully before too long, we'll be having the same news, and get to meet you before we know it!

Chris & Jeff Butler

A Walk in My Flip Flops said...

That breakes my heart, how we americans can stuff our faces and little children our starving!?! I am so glad R passed court. I love you, Miss you and praying fou you.


The Fab 4 said...

I want to be like you when I grow up.