Two weeks ago Ann at Holy Experience wrote a very moving post about her trip to Guatamala. She challenged everyone to think and write about how to "serve the least of these". I wrote a post in which I dared myself to be more than touched by the story, to actually do something more than write a blog post.
Last week I didn't participate. I wrote about stealing peaches instead because I had a funny story to share but also because I had not made any progress on my goal of making something happen. It is so easy to be blinded by the business and busyness of life. Our family has made a huge transition moving, beginning a busy school life and settling into a new community and I have been so focused on adjusting the kids and setting up our home. It's easy to have tunnel vision.
But I feel a pull to do something more. And it can be difficult to have eyes that truly see. So I have been reading and listening to others and purposefully looking for opportunities.
Here are some of the things I found over the last few weeks.
- My wonderful new neighbors, the Woods family, are leaving for Rwanda Africa today. In fact they are gone as of 5:00 this morning. Paul did some work on our house before we moved in. Jennifer would have been my son's 2nd grade teacher. Their son Matthew has been a partner in crime with my boys since the day we moved in. They have put their suburban American life on hold and will be working with Rwandan missionaries for 2 years. I will be praying for them and following their blog Woods in Rwanda.
- I loved a post by fellow blogger Michelle of Graceful about delivering Meals on Wheels with her young children. Check out Graceful: Wheeling Meals. I love that makes an impact on her own community.
- Another new friend is organizing a sewing group to make blankets and toys for an orphanage in Africa that her father is affiliated with.
I am motivated by these folks to keep looking and praying that the right opportunity will show itself to me despite my nearsightedness.