We have known for many years that God had called us to missions. He had instilled a passion, a burden so deep that we could not ignore it for the people of Haiti. For years we said why Haiti, and had a million excuses why we could not go. Looking back we are so thankful that we have a patient God. For what He had for us in Haiti was so much more than we could have ever dreamed or imagined. I was remembering an old blog post of mine so I hope you don't mind that I am reposting one from last summer/
Today I had Judges 6 v 14 written down on a sticky note. I was not sure what it was a reference to, so I thought before throwing it away I should Google the verse.
(thanks to http://www.word-on-the-web.co.uk/studies/week287.htm)
Judges 6 v 14-16 The LORD turned to Gideon and said, “Go with your strength and save Israel from the Midianites. I am the one who is sending you.” But Gideon answered, “Lord, how can I save Israel? My family group is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.” The LORD answered him, “I will be with you... Gideon’s response to his mighty commission tells us a lot about the man, but also probably tells us a lot about ourselves as well. How would you respond to God, if he appeared to you and gave you the task he gave Gideon? Would your response be, “I’ll get right on with it; you chose wisely in me Lord, I’m the prefect candidate”? Or are you more likely to react like Gideon, who said, “You don’t mean me do you? Don’t you know my background? Aren’t you aware of my circumstances? Can’t you see how weak and pathetic I am?” Gideon’s perspective was distorted; he only saw himself through his own eyes. Eyes that only had one view of the world, a world where God’s people were defeated and dejected and feeling deserted, resorting to hiding in caves. It is like Gideon saw his world through a pair of glasses that were blurred, tinted and scratched by his experiences of life. Wouldn’t it be great if, when you became a Christian, God gave you a new set of lenses to wear that would let you see everything the way God sees it? Life would take on new meaning and everything would be much clearer! However faith isn’t that simple. The truth behind this story is that we put much less value on our lives than God does. We have a limited view of who we are or what we can achieve for him. Gideon thought he was useless and inadequate; God thought he was a mighty warrior. Who was right in the end? The Lord of course!
Gideon wasn’t the only one who felt inadequate. Jussi reminded me yesterday of how God spoke to Moses, and told him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt . But, Moses said to God, “Why me? Send someone else. Then there was Jeremiah, when God told him that He had appointed him as a prophet to the nations, who said to the Lord, “I am only a child.” We, Jussi and I have made excuses and have not fully believed that He can use us in the same mighty and powerful way that He used Gideon, Moses and Jeremiah.
Allowing Jesus to be the center of our self esteem...WOW. He sees much more in us than we see ourselves. God has said to every believer; I have called you, I have anointed you, I have set My seal of approval on you, and sent you in My name.
Imagine what that looks like for your children, it gets you all excited to realize you can raise world changers, but God reminds us…we are His children and He has chosen us. We can be world changers. One smile, one hello, anywhere in the world, including your neighbourhood, the mission field is right outside the walls of your home. How cool is that?
Jussi and I are so thankful for our time in Haiti again, this time with a renewed sense of the call and faithfulness in His provision and guidance. We will never leave Haiti in our hearts, but for now we are going home. It will a time to see family, friends and seek council and guidance for our future.
Thanks for all your prayers, love and support.
We went to a museum and were reminded of the hurt of slavery from centuries ago, and then the freedom and independence with the blowing of the conch, then babies, the future of Haiti and the blessings they are.