The other day I happened to notice a video on a news site that I occasionally visit. It was a video of a little girl in China who had been run over, twice, by a van while bystanders just looked on and did nothing to help her. Yue Yue was only two years old, and she was wandering around (as two-year-olds will do) when she wandered into a street in the city of Foshan. The video was described as graphic and horrifying, so I chose not to watch it, but I did read several articles that described the incident in which 18 people stood by and watched this tragic event and made no effort to stop it or help this baby.
Unfortunately, today it has been reported that Yue Yue has died from her injuries. Sadly, this is not completely surprising to me, having researched the situation that has been prevalent in China since the “one child policy” was implemented approximately 30 years ago. As we were looking at options for international adoption, I discovered that there were over 1 million baby girls in Chinese orphanages as a result of Chinese families needing to have a son so that they would have necessary family support in the parents’ elder years. Traditionally in China, we have been told, sons are expected to marry and then eventually care for their elderly parents.
Daughters, on the other hand, traditionally marry and become responsible to care for their husband’s elderly parents. So, families in China truly do need a son, as this is the traditional means of “social security” for Chinese people. The result is that every Chinese family prefers to have a son rather than a daughter . . . . and in an effort to address their population issue, the Chinese government implemented the “one child” policy. The logical outcome is obvious: sons are greatly valued, and daughters are frequently abandoned to allow the family another opportunity to give birth to a son. No wonder that a little girl could be left to die, her tiny body bloody and broken, in the middle of a street.
Can we look beyond our own needs; our own situation; our own pain and struggles to reach out and love those who have no means of returning our love? God does just that for us every day! We can never repay His grace and love, His forgiveness and mercy, and the good news is that we do not need to “repay” Him at all! That payment has already made by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died on the cross of Calvary to pay the price of our sin.
Today I am reminded that there is still the opportunity for us to extend love to the unloving, right here in our earthly existence. We can reflect God’s gift of love and grace to those who have no ability to repay us. Perhaps we could begin by stepping out and helping a little girl, lying broken and bloody in the middle of the street . . . . . or the neighbor who slipped and fell on his way out to get his mail and is lying at the end of his driveway . . . . or the friend whose husband just informed her that he was leaving her, along and disabled, and she could just figure out for herself how to pay the rent and buy a few groceries.
They are all around us, and we often ignore them just like the people standing by and watching that tiny girl bleeding in the street. Today I pray that we will all open our eyes to those around us who are perhaps unloving and even unloveable. And remember that God’s love overlooks all of our imperfections, too, because of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. For now, I’m grateful for the opportunity that God gave our family to bring our little girls home from those Chinese orphanages, to a place where our daughters are treasured! God is good!
If you would like to participate in this week’s “In Other Words” meme, please visit Urailak at her blog, Living for God, where you can leave a link to your blog post on this quote, and find the links to the other participants. Hope to see your link there so I can stop by and visit you today! ~~ Nina