Friday, September 04, 2009

From Chris, . . . going back to Egypt

Dave and I see miracles often--lives being radically changed, broken families coming together; but sometimes we see lives being broken with pain. We usually share about the positive and encouraging stories, preferring to focus on the blessings and the amazing ways that God is moving here in Asia. Sometimes there are pains that touch so deeply, we can’t help but reflect upon them.

Two of the street kids that we work with recently decided to “go back to Egypt.” They were given a place to live, food everyday, discipleship, education, love, and a place to be at peace. They were given abundance, but they were also given boundaries for their protection. They had come from a dark place of sin, pain, hunger, homelessness, anger and rejection; but it was a place with no rules, seemingly free. We have all known that place--sometimes we frequent it still.

For these boys the temptation for “freedom” was too great, the pain was familiar and so welcome; the abundance and acceptance too good to be true. So when the Dark called out to them again, they went. It’s still difficult for me to grasp why they would willingly walk back into the hell from which they had come. Why would anyone want to go back to the Dark after experiencing such goodness? But, we do it. We reject the boundaries, because we want “freedom,” but we don’t realize, and these boys didn’t realize, that when we reject the boundaries, we are left in a scary place with no protection.

We will continue to pray for them, to love them and to accept them with open arms, but we cannot make them return. We pray that their eyes will be opened so that they can see that God is working for their good, because they have been called to His purposes. Romans 8:28

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