“For the eyes of the LORD move to and from throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a
In 2013 I came across an article about Jane Chen, a woman that was deeply moved by the high percentage of child mortality around the world, especially in under-developed nations. She stepped into an innovative journey of creating a tool that was much more cost effective and usable by the mothers of the premature children being born susceptible to child mortality. Normally an incubator would cost around $20k and could only be used by professionals. She focused first in India. Most of the children dying were in villages where mothers did not have health care or were too far from the cities to reach for help. The technology she developed cost around $300 per unit and could be easily learned by mothers in a village. This technology has saved thousands of lives daily that would have otherwise perished.
This is an incredible example of having the right motivation, “to love our neighbor as ourselves”, and passion to create with our God given resources and talents, in order to bring the highest good. I can’t help but imagine this young lady being a Christian that was desiring to help the brokenness of the planet. God stood behind her idea and “strongly supported” her into finding success.
What a powerful opportunity we have to co-create with God in bringing His beauty into ugliness, His order into places of chaos and His abundance into places of great scarcity. Rather than being afraid and hiding away, waiting for Jesus to return, I believe our stance as Christians should be that of this young lady that created this technology to save lives.
It’s a stance of being on the offensive, rather than on the defensive. God said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His bride. The enemy has clearly come to steal, kill and destroy that which matters most to God. “What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” Psalms 8:4-6 NASB. We have a responsibility to take up…with God.