“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said,
“Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
I am home with the rest of the Haiti missions team -safe and sound. God was good and His protection was very real. Thank you for petitioning Him on our behalf. He sent us to a beautiful place, to people who had very little materially, but who surprised us with their hospitality, generosity and joy.
We were obedient to a call that God gave us -to go, most of us not knowing why, just knowing that we had to go -that we needed to be there. As I have had time to reflect on the trip, I have wondered why He called me. Was it to help build simple houses? Was it to visit some villagers off a narrow, beaten path on the side of the mountain? Was it to bring joy to a child’s face with glitter?
For me, all these things were only pieces of a much bigger picture. They were all things that exposed me to a different culture and language, that gave me a first-time experience of a people and a place that was totally unfamiliar. Haiti will no longer be unfamiliar to me now and the trip seemed like a first step -like what Joshua and his spies must have felt as they entered Canaan for the first time.
This trip felt like a beginning, not just a one-time experience. There are many places to do good, but this does not seem like just another place to do good for me. He has told me this is my future. I don’t know when or how or how long, but I know I am to return. I have been praying about this the last few weeks -wondering about next steps, seeking His guidance, trying not to assume anything. He was impressing me even before I left that He has a long view. He is the God that “one day is as a thousand years” (2Peter 3:8), so what is His timing in this case? I don’t know.
But while I don’t know now, I am very confident in this, that He is faithful. “Thy faithfulness continues throughout all generations.” (Psalm 119:90) That He will show me -not necessarily the end, but the next step. When there have been critical points in my life where I had to make decisions, He has spoken to me
through His Word. This is what I hope He will do once again. “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105. A lamp’s light shines only so far, but we must step in that direction when God’s Word speaks.
An adventure lies ahead.