I have always considered it a character flaw of mine. As a child and then a teenager, I often heard the words, “Don’t take it so personally!” I was never good at it. Removing my emotions from the situation has never been a skill I’ve excelled in.
And yet, as I grow, I realize that God is a personal God. Surely a Deity that would come down to take on a life with flesh and bone, must have taken things personally. Surely, a God that would love me with such great abandon, must be willing to get down on a personal level. It is in His nature. It is Who He is. He is a personal God.
The truth is, I cannot hear of the plight of these little ones in other countries without a family and without vision and not take it personally. The truth is I see my daughter in every single one of their faces. The truth is, I wonder what would have happened to her if she had been born to another family in another country. The truth is, it makes something inside of my literally hurt when I think of it.
The Philippines has, in some cases a 75% higher rate of children with visual impairements than many other countries. Many of these children reside in orphanages. Many of their issues can be treated. We have medical staff ready and willing to treat them. We are working on putting together a hosting program, so they will have loving families to help them get the care they need. More and more pieces are being put together daily on an amazing level. More than I am at liberty to share at the moment, but everday, I am standing amazed. Everyday, I am thankful for a personal God. Everyday, I look at my children, and I see my girl smile back at me, and I swallow the lump that forms in my throat. The truth is, this is personal to me.