I’ve sponsored a kid through Compassion International off and on for 4-5 years. I’ve always thought highly of the organization. It is rated amongst the highest for its type of charity. A few years ago I had to stop sponsoring my first kid Peter from Uganda because of financial difficulties, and it was the most difficult decision I ever had to make. Over a year ago, I started sponsoring Jessica. While Compassion has a high rating, part of me has always wondered if my money was really making a difference.
I’ve working in my current dental office for over a year. I’ve been in the dental field for nearly 7 years between working for an implant company and in various dental offices. Most days, I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels, making money but not living the life that God has for me.
My faith has been shaky to say the very least in the past few years. I have good moments, but I have mostly weak moments. I’ve tried to find a church, but nothing has stuck for long. I have deep wounds that need God’s healing touch. I visited a church this past weekend, that I plan on exploring more. I know that do what God has for me to do, I have to be connected to a church, to be a part of a group of believers. Frankly, I miss corporate worship as much as a person who is suffocating misses oxygen.
One of our sweetest, kindest patients was in our office today. I had a collision of Compassion International, work and faith.He was in medical school and recently graduated. When he was in today, I was asking him about school. He told me that he was home in Africa for a few weeks. I asked him where he calls home. Turns out he is from Uganda. I got all excited and started telling him about Peter. He asked me what through what organization I sponsored Peter. I told him Compassion International. Guess who is a graduate of the Compassion program? Guess who had families support him through college? You guessed it. My patient. This guy also travels throughout the US telling the story of how God has blessed his life through Compassion Interational.
What I learned today is that there are times that God expects you to walk forward in faith, knowing and believing that He has your best interest at heart. That is how I’ve spend the majority of my life. However, there are also days when God will give you a tiny glimpse of the tapestry that He is creating with your life. I never in a million years would have guessed that God would have me working in a dental office in Mt, Airy so that I could meet a medical student from Uganda who is a graduate from the Compassion International program to show me that what I do that seems so inconsequential to me is actually a life huge thing in a kid’s life.
Be encouraged. Those small things that you don’t think matter are changing someone’s life.