“The LORD upholds ALL who fall and lifts up ALL who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:14
“Ethan” is one of 11 children who I believe God divinely chose to bring to Lifeline’s Kids Camp from China. According to an article published by CNN August 12, 2015, “The Chinese government has said there are roughly 600,000 orphans nationwide. Other groups put the nationwide number at closer to a million orphans.” Either way, the fact that Ethan is here right now is pretty miraculous…..the odds were against him.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Ethan is a sweet, happy little boy who loves to smile and play. He likes songs and dancing. He loves bubbles and bowling. His sweet giggle when he is being tickled will melt your heart. Ethan is an orphan. Ethan is missing an arm. But neither of these things deter him. He has a determination that is astounding and helps him to accomplish unimaginable things independently. But, throughout the day he consistently approached me saying “Ba Ba” which was explained to me that he wanted me to pick him up. Which I did with the greatest joy!
We took all of the sweet kiddos bowling yesterday, which they thoroughly enjoyed! There were grins, squeals of delight, cheering and clapping. But, as I thought about bowling and little Ethan, the LORD revealed something to me. We as humans are all like those little pins.
We are small, wobbly and unable to protect ourselves. Just like bowling balls, the storms of life come barreling at us. Sometimes we dodge them but most of the time, they knock us down.
Those storms may be abandonment, missing an arm, losing a job, sickness, addiction, the death of a loved one, spiritual battles or a million other things. The storms may look different for every one of us, but no one is exempt from them. We need a rescuer, someone to pick us up and set us back up again. And God does that, just like the pinsetter (thank you google) He reaches down into our messiness, our brokenness and He picks us back up again. Whether we cry “Ba Ba” as Ethan did or “Please pick me up Abba Father” or a desperate “Help me!”, He is there…listening and lifting.
“I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”
Written by: Mindy Ellis, Accounting Manager at Lifeline Children’s Services and Kids Camp volunteer.