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6 days…7 days…10 days…2 weeks… pass and it’s easy for those of us not in the middle of the tragedy in Haiti to forget about the struggles that millions of people are facing. Consider this a reminder to stay active and engaged.
On Tuesday evening my wife and I get together with three other amazing couples for our small group time (for those of you who aren’t familiar with “small groups” it’s a bible study). This is without a doubt one of my favorite times during the week. There is nothing like getting together with awesome people to talk about life, study scripture and pray for one another.
Our group has affectionately and somewhat sarcastically dubbed our prayer time at the end, “Caring Time.” This is a time where we share prayer requests and praises. Rita, our note taker jots them down on sticky notes and passes them out to each couple so that we can remember what to pray for and have something to remind us to pray for each other throughout the week.
This last 15 or 20 minutes of our group is the best. I have really come to appreciate the power of being blanketed in prayer by friends and family.
It gives strength.
So while it sounds cheesy, “Caring Time” is incredible and if you do not have people who can blanket you in prayer I suggest that you find some.
Have you ever had one of those seasons of life where you just can’t help but know that God is up to something? Events fit together, people are in the right place at the right time a fire has been lit within you and you are excited to see how God is going to fan that little fire into a blazing inferno.
A little over four years ago when hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast this happened to me. I was captivated by the event. It consumed my thoughts and my life was changed through opportunities to be a part of the relief efforts. In fact it was that event that truly launched me into ministry.
As I watch the coverage of the devastation in Haiti I can’t help but feel many of the same emotions I felt four years ago. The weird juxtaposition of wealth and poverty does something to your spirit.
It makes you feel blessed and guilty all at the same time.
It leaves you grateful and heartbroken.
And I think it’s those mixed emotions that create what Bill Hybel’s refers to as a person’s “holy discontent.” It’s that thing that keeps you up at night. The topic that consumes your mental capacity, despite your best efforts to disconnect it from your train of thoughts.
It’s the thing that leaves you feeling icky.
The thing that you want to avoid so desperately and yet the thing you know you need to push into the hardest.
I find that it’s in those times that God is up to something in my life. He’s challenging me to step up to the plate. It’s no longer time to take practice cuts in the on deck circle. I need to dig in my cleats and take a big fatty swing at the pitch He’s throwing me.
I don’t want to strike out, but if I don’t get in the game, I will never hit the ball over the fence and that’s what I want to do.
I want to take the passion that is coursing through my veins like adrenaline and channel it towards whatever pitch God is winding up to throw me.
God is up to something and I’m ready to swing away.
Do you just go through the motions…?
Does anything truly break your heart…?
Are you allowing yourself to be used by God…?
…………………………………Do you anguish…………………………………..?
If you could say one encouraging things to those in Haiti, what would it be…?