Maybe you've thought to yourself, "Why should I bother adopting or helping someone fund adoption – the problem is too large to even make a dent." I know I've felt overwhelmed just thinking about the 5 MILLION orphans in just Ethiopia alone, not to mention the rest of the world.
And yet, while we as Christians await a new heavens and a new earth where there will be no more lonely children or suffering, we CAN make a difference in our short lives today. This story reminds us of this great truth…
The Starfish Story
Adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
(1907 – 1977)
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, so he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
As if he hadn't heard, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he turned, smiled and said, "It made a difference to that one!"