I was having lunch with a friend. During the time that she had excused herself from the table I watched a commercial from UNICEF playing on the television. It was a sad, melancholy presentation featuring the sorrowful eyes of children with bloated bellies while the narrator, in a pleading voice, asks for monthly donations to feed them and provide medical care.
At the table behind me, a woman began speaking about her morning experience. It seems she had lost her car keys, and when she could not locate them, and frantic that she would be late for work, she bowed her head and asked God to help her. Lo and behold, he answered her prayer and she found her car keys making it to work on time. Yes, God is good, her companion agreed. I am sure both of them were oblivious to the UNICEF commercial and that the starving children of Africa would beg to disagree.
And as certain as I was that neither of these ladies had paid any attention to the commercial, I am equally certain that they would believe that it is God’s will for the children to starve while making sure that the lady found her car keys. Because, and I have heard this said many times from Christian mouths, God works in mysterious ways and it is not her place to question his divine plan.
When I was a child I sang this song in church and school:
Jesus loves the little children.
All the children of the world.
Red, yellow, black and white.
They are precious in his sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Except for the starving children in the UNICEF commercial, evidently. Luckily they haven’t lost their car keys too. That would just be salt in the wound, don’t you think?