Tonight we gathered with our team here in Gonaives, Haiti on top of a balcony overlooking the mountains. Each of us was asked to reflect and share some ways this trip has made a personal impact on us so far. Immediately I knew I needed to share what God spoke to me on day one. After walking through the door of our guest home in Haiti on Friday, here are some thoughts that rolled through my head:
"I'm hot, hungry, going to be sleeping in a room with no air conditioning, full of people I've never met, sharing one bathroom, and this is only the first day."
It didn't take long before I felt thoroughly ashamed of my self-absorption, and my eyes were opened to the reality that it's really not about me. It was like I could hear the Lord saying to me in the midst of my petty, American complaints, "REALLY"?
Over the next few days I have grown incredibly grateful, and at times almost embarrassed for the luxurious blessings I experience in America on a daily basis. Most people who have visited another country can understand this but to those who have not, you have NO idea, NO IDEA! I'm sorry if my statement sounds harsh but it's a harsh reality to find out you are sitting pretty while babies around the world are suffering from malnourishment and dying daily from preventable things as simple as having clean water to drink.
I can honestly say I am thankful for my heart check this week. After taking a step back and assessing the situation here, I am now asking myself the same question. REALLY? How can this be and I do nothing about it? It's time to get to work :)
Posted on Wed, June 22, 2011
by Mandy Reiszner filed under