Believing in spite of your circumstances
Someone asked me a question today: Why would someone want to keep on believing in Christ if everything around them seems to tell them it is hopeless? I couldn’t really give an answer. But let me explain what led to this question.
The group of students from Ottawa in Canada arrived on Saturday and since Monday they have been involved in the community surrounding one of our church buildings. It started with home visits and this grew into the repairing of a water hole within one of the communities where people fetch their drinking water from a spring.
Today we once again went into the homes to visit people – some of whom are going into their final stages of full-blown AIDS. One of the homesteads I visited today consists of about three different homes, but only one of them have people living in them at this stage. This is an old woman living there with her grandson. She had thirteen children of which ten have already died. She didn’t say so, but we know from experience that most if not all of them had died due to AIDS. So now she has three children left. One son lives in Johannesburg in South Africa and has no contact with her. She is not sure what happened to the second son. The third sun is a deaf-mute and mentally retarded. He lives in another area. His son of seven stays with her, as her son’s wife has also died. The grandson is also a deaf-mute. Furthermore she can’t walk. I’m not sure what is wrong with her feet (sometimes I just wish that I had more medical knowledge), so wherever she wants to go, she has to walk on her knees. Don’t think for one moment that this house looks like our houses! She sleeps on a grass mat on a floor made with cow dung! Outside the hut there are no grass – only sand and stones. The toilet (a hole in the ground) is about fifty metres from her hut. She has to walk on her knees to get there! I’ve heard the story of James who supposedly had knees like those of a camel because he was praying so much. I have never seen anyone with knees like a camel – until today!
And she keeps on believing in God and that God loves her!
Why would someone want to keep on believing in Christ if everything around them seems to tell them it is hopeless.
I really don’t know.