Sometimes, life has a way of going in a million different directions at once. Do this, do that, stay away from there, but do go here, all while juggling these 10 plates. Make sense? Yeah, I don’t get it either. But that’s my life right now. At least that is what it feels like. Going from Springhill to Haiti and then back to the Soo has been a whirlwind to say the least. But God has been teaching me quite a lot through it all.
Like I’ve said before, transitions are more complicated than they used to be. Each one brings with it a heavy reminder that my dad is no longer here. Every transition I do go through, however, gives me more strength. Even though it hurts each time, God takes my hurt and he fills it with more of Him. More of His love. His wisdom. His patience. And His peace. It’s almost unfeasible to grasp just how much God has provided me with.
So, if there’s one big lesson I’ve learned in the past 4 transition-filled weeks, it’s that God never changes. No matter how many miles I may travel, no matter how many people I part ways with or say hello to, and no matter how many times I fall short, my God remains constant and steadfast through it all. The things of this world can fall away so easily, leaving heartache and loss, but Christ still triumphs over it all.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And God is the same regardless of geographic location. Serving in Haiti for 10 days opened my eyes to even more of this world, the good and the bad. I experienced a lot of heartbreak while there, from the poverty-stricken streets to the corrupt government. Righteous anger coursed through me at several points in our stay, bringing with it a strong resolve to make an impact in whatever way I could.
But I’m just one person, how can I make such a big difference? One person can’t clean up the streets littered with trash. One person can’t stand up to the government and demand a change. One person can’t educate all of Haiti on basic nutrition. One person can’t put the hope of Jesus into millions.
Or can they? Technically speaking, Jesus was one human person. Each of His disciples were just “one person.” One lie I find myself believing is that I, as just one person, simply can’t change the world. But the second I start believing that lie, I limit myself. And I put a limit to the ways in which God can use me. God does not fit within the tiny constraints of this world! And He did not call me to be of this world. I am a follower of Jesus, and the same power that raised Christ from the grave also lives in me.
So yes, call me crazy, but I can change the world. And so can you. But it takes discipline, love, obedience, patience, hard work, and a whole lot of Jesus to make it happen. Plain and simple, this world needs Jesus. And us, as believers, have the privilege to give the world what it needs. So what’s stopping us?
Fear. Feeling inadequate. Not feeling worthy enough. Laziness. The list could go on and on. But friends, we were not called to live a life of comfort and ease. Think of all the goodness and love Christ has brought into your life. Now think of all the people living life without that. I don’t know about you, but that thought motivates me.
As I enter this next season as an intern for His House Christian Fellowship, I hope to not lose sight of that. I hope that I passionately serve Christ and boldly share His love. This upcoming year holds a lot of unknowns for me, and I have no idea the path God is leading me towards. Regardless, God is in complete control and nothing happens outside of His will, which is where I place my hope.