// Help me to love with open arms, like You do. A love that erases all the lines and sees the truth. So that when they look in my eyes, they would see You. Even in just a smile they would feel the Father’s love. //
For The One: Jenn Johnson
In a moment, you can make a difference.
Another week, another post. What’s the difference? A heart shift. Like I mentioned last week, I’ve been in Haiti for the past week on a medical mission. There’s nothing like it. To be engulfed into a community and thrive in the land. Even with the little we have brought, we are still wealthier than the few. Not to demean or belittle the country or it’s people. But to give perspective into what I’ve experienced in the last week.
My heart yearned to go to the nations. To help those who could not help themselves at least I thought. Boarding our first plane to Haiti didn’t feel real. But when our second plane to cross the boarder onto Haiti soil, my heart grew because I knew the Lord was fulfilling a promise. He is so faithful! Especially, in the details.
A back moment, in my life the book of Esther has been my heart. Adopted. Shy. Chosen. Kingdom Heir. All words I have used in my personal journey along the way. I relate to the story well. As we drove from Haiti airport to the village, we are currently residing in upon writing this, I had many thoughts running through my head. Run? Get out? What have I done? BUT I also realized this. God is here with me. So I opened my eyes to see what He saw. That made the difference. Driving across the land towards our village was breathtaking. Not only for the simple fact of shell shock culture, but by the beauty and grace of the land.
While some could chose to see the poverty or difference, I chose God. You see we have an opportunity everyday to view this in our life. See the difference or find His glory. It makes a difference when you do.
So why bring up the notion about Esther? Well, you see when we had finally arrived in the village, we were greeted by one little girl in a purple and pink dress. Her name? Esther. Promises in my life have been made by man, then my heart shattered by the expectation of the follow through broken and to only find out my experience fell short of the promise. He redeems the broken promises. When He makes a promise He follows through. It may not be what you think it will look like, but it’s exactly what you need.
Through the week we’ve ran a clinic to aid much of the simple infirmities people encounter in America that take a quick run to the store and get instant relief. However, here they rely on the generosity and kindness of the Lord to send help in their time of need. Our host travels to our location minimum twice a year and they’ve come to depend on the wisdom God has gifted the medical profession. Otherwise these people may go untreated, even for the simple things we take for granted. A Tylenol or daily vitamin.
While we experienced many “simple” diagnosis, we also have encountered a greater need that required our knowledge to provide best immediate care. The Lord really placed our team together in a way no words could explain. Just the right people at just the right time.
It may sound vague what I’m writing to you. You may have just skimmed to hear the heart wrenching stories. But this opportunity to encounter His presence isn’t merrily a “Haïti” thing or “mission trip” thing. Encountering His presence is an everyday thing! YOU have the opportunity to mission right where you are. The people you meet in every day running. In your community. Where you live. Right now. You DON’T have to wait to cross a boarder, DO it in your home.
There have been so many Jesus moments through this trip, I couldn’t even begin to write them all without taking too much of your time. You think when you go to a third world country you will change them, but in reality they change you. You can’t explain the transformation in words, but it’s engraved upon your heart. Jesus is… this is a statement that is universal. Because the interpretation of what Jesus is changes, but His character never does.
For a Haitian, He is healer. But He is also more than that. Because He can be healer for you as well. We can’t separate Jesus in parts that He will do for one but not do for the other. It’s actually against His word. No good thing will He withhold. Jesus is healer. Point blank. For all. He is our king. He doesn’t give His heart in pieces. He doesn’t love one country better than the other. He doesn’t love one denomination better than the other one. Jesus is our king!
So to say Haiti has changed me, would be an understatement. Haiti has shown me another perspective of who He is. I’ve realized I’ve valued more on worldly things than time in His presence. I’ve shifted sight from my first love, Jesus. Realignment is what I needed to gear my heart towards Him even more. “To worship Him I live.”
I’ve seen that love has no boarders. Though I can’t speak the Haitian language. I can show love. That’s what I’ve brought. Not money. Not medicine. Not anything material. Though we brought much of all that. We can’t sustain a life on that alone. BUT. Love? That can only multiply. What if the one person you show that love of Christ with ends up changing the world? Remember in our last series about the starfish story? (Scrooging It Up) You can make a difference for one.
For the one. Is a term used to express one simple idea. What if in whatever you do, you did it only for one person? Your life was meant to bring one person closer to know, to love, to see, to feel Jesus. Just one moment. Would it be worth it? The answer I give and the answer you’re maybe thinking are both true. Yes. It is worth it. Because by you showing love for the one, you created a ripple effect in history. It is small right now, but it’ll grow bigger.
Now for the “no.” Of course not, everything I did, I want more than one! He’ll take your “yes” and change the world. Because of your obedience, things shift. You are making a difference though you may never see the impact. Though you may want to impact for the one, the goodness of God shows us that He’ll take your “yes” and transform it for His good. You maybe doing it for the one, BUT He is the one who will change the corse of history because you stood still for a moment, and accepted the impossibility of loving someone right where they’re at. For the one.
While this probably wasn’t the post you were expecting. Remember we still have a few more posts to understand our journey with Jesus. Also while I didn’t quote scripture, these statements are biblically based. Just view below. Join us next week as we see how faith will carry us on our journey.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
Matthew 25:40 NKJV
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:14 NKJV
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
John 15:16 NKJV
“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
I Thessalonians 5:24 NKJV
“who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,”
II Timothy 1:9 NKJV
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.