Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”.
Truth be told most days I don't want the eyes God has given me to see. Most days my heart is seeing things for the very first time.
I find myself wondering why he would have chose me for such an important task? I become overwhelmed with the numbers and the stories. Last week I heard a story of a four year old boy who had been molested repeatedly by multiple abusers.
How could my eyes choose to see this?
And how could I then be silent?
In the book of Acts “...the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent” Acts 18:9
I believe the Lord calls us to do the same.
How can we remain silent and unchanged after knowing the truth?
Each vulnerable child and family member I have met I now know their names, their story, and I can see their face when I close my eyes. The Lord has revealed them to me and I can’t turn away.
The next step in truly seeing is setting aside judgement. This is one of the hardest things for me. Often I find myself sitting on my side of things looking down. “How could anyone have done this to a child? They must not love them. What could ever bring anyone to that point?”
Then through prayer and patience I saw and continue to see broken families, domestic violence, substance abuse, generational poverty, and failing systems. I could go on, and deep down you know it's not as clear as it seems. It is almost too much to bear.
Sometimes I close my eyes trying to hide from the truth. Hoping that if I look away long enough they would disappear, but they never will. I myself have been seen. I have been saved, and redeemed, my life matters and so does theirs.
We have to the power to act on their behalf. We can love recklessly and courageously like Jesus did. The bible calls us to care for vulnerable children and widows.
The truth remains, their story is sometimes all they have, they are not forgotten when we chose to see them. Be courageous! Don’t let the fear of knowing keep you from having eyes to see.
Advocate for The Forgotten Initiative in Southern Maine
Director for BeLoved