Sometimes God crashes into your world and you are caught completely by surprise. We see him. We hear him. Maybe even catch a scent of our Savior.
Other times…we ignore him. Content with our home, car, family, job, activities…we replace our beautiful Savior with the life we are living on this planet. Ironically, the life he has given us. We suffer every now and then, but rarely consistently to the point of discomfort for us Americans. If you feel differently, let’s talk…because the places God has sent me to and shown me in the last 10 years need to bust open your worldview.
If you missed it…over a week ago I left for Haiti…then came back.
Never before have I sweat so much, so often and been so physically uncomfortable than last week. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Because you see, sometimes I forget. I forget what I am fighting for. I forget what really matters. I get lost in details, and lose focus of the big picture. I fight for the small things instead of the true big thing. I get frustrated. Sometimes I feel like I am losing pieces of myself to what others want, and how they view me. Sometimes I feel like I am stuck…that probably more often than sometimes.
And then…God crashes in…and floods my soul with purpose.
Sweet freedom of the Holy Spirit.
If we lose sight of what we are fighting for…what’s the point? How does God use that?
Haiti brought me face to face with my Savior.
Haiti brought clarity to my calling.
Haiti kicked my butt.
But Haiti filled every part of my soul that had scattered with distraction and frustration.
There is so much I want to share…and I will, I promise. But there are still moments that I need to process and cherish before I throw them out into the wind. I honestly cannot wait to tell you about a precious kiddo who wouldn’t leave my lap, even when tickled. Or Joseph, one of the wisest men I have met with a Kingdom vision and hope mindset that rivals anyone I’ve ever heard. Or the sweet, wrinkly woman who jabbered Creole while kissing my cheeks…but the message was clear, ‘I am so glad you are here.’
Or about those I was with for a week. They blessed me in so many ways that I lost count within 24 hours of hopping on a plane with them. They are laughter. They are wise. They are cool. They are tough, and most of all they are truly my brothers and sisters in every aspect of the word. God created this team to serve him together, and we served with every fiber of our being.
Sometimes we need to listen…and sometimes we’ll actually do it.
Sometimes we need to act…and sometimes we’ll actually act.
Sometimes we need to love…and sometimes we’ll actually love others.
But what if sometimes turned into every time? What Kingdom work would we accomplish then? All around us, every day?