Hunger: a word of countless meanings, holding great power in good and bad ways. Hunger: something I faced last week, while so many all over the world experience this every day. No food. No water. Starvation.
Recently, due to complications of my disorder, Riboflavin Transporter Deficiency (RTD), my doctor ordered me to only take in nutrition through abnormal means. As a result, I became very hungry and longed to eat regularly again. I struggled with this unpleasant, though temporary, change. Due to my hunger and stress over the situation, I felt like falling over.
One in nine people in the world do not have enough food, while 3.1 million children under the age of five die every year because of malnutrition1. During this time, I thought of those who are desperate for food. I felt guilty and selfish.
How often do I eat when I am already full, or waste food for nothing? There are people who hardly have any nutrients available to them. Why do I constantly want more than I have or need? Why had God allowed me to experience a fraction of their suffering? I pondered.
Looking back, I believe the reason this happened was for me to understand their pain, care more for their well-being, empathize with them and pray for God’s provision in their lives.
God tells us through His prophet Isaiah, "...if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday" (Isaiah 58:10 ESV).
God blesses us when we help others through the abundance He has given us. We will be blessed when we give with a cheerful heart, knowing that we are serving God by serving others.
If you encounter a homeless individual who is lacking for food, offer a meal, water and prayer. Remember them when you are hungry. “Those that have shown mercy shall find mercy.”2
Though this may not be an easy task, let us give praise to the Lord for His blessings and remember the mercy He has shown us. Then, we will automatically have more mercy for those in need around us and around our world.
“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor” (Proverbs 22:9 ESV).