|Wow! What can we do???|
Yes, it only takes a few seconds and things can drastically change!!! A friend of mine was talking to me about her brother a few weeks ago. And this week while driving with friends, he was killed. It all happened in just a few moments...
For thousands living in Haiti...life was going like normal...and then suddenly in a few seconds, it all changed! Distanced by the comforts of North America and a few hundred miles, I find it hard to grasp the pain and turmoil Haiti must be going through. Yet comfort, distance or lack of comprehension is no excuse for not being involved.
A friend of mine on Facebook recently posted this entry on his wall:
"Is there anyone ready to go to Port au Prince next week? I am looking to arrive there by Tuesday to join up with ADRA!"
This was the responses he got:
* All Facebook entry names changed for this blog post to protect privacy
Isn't it interesting how we ALL have our excuses about why we'd LOVE to go help, but we just can't make it! And yet if the situation were reversed....and it was OUR CITY and OUR COUNTRY that was in devastation, wouldn't we be pleading with God to send people to our rescue??? Yes, of course, there were a couple people that sounded willing enough...but did they follow through and really do something? They aren't my personal friends on Facebook, so only God knows. And of course, the point of this post is not to point fingers at anyone but ourselves. We are all guilty before God at being too concerned with our own comfort and too little concerned with the comfort and welfare of others! Yes, even
Wow - what a sobering challenge... UNLESS we love God MORE than those closest to us (even our own family ties) and unless we take up our cross...no matter the sacrifice...we cannot be HIS disciples!
This world is not a parade ground and the TIME we have been given to live (as I have recently learned at the Week of Prayer our church just hosted) is not just a mere opportunity to have some enjoyment for ourselves and get comfortable. Our lives are a period of time, a period of probation in which we've been given the opportunity to choose our eternal destiny! Are we going to choose to live for God (ultimately eternal life), or are we gonna choose to live for ourselves (ultimately eternal death). And as we get closer and closer to Jesus coming, it's not going to get any easier.
Matthew 24 paints a stark picture of not only what it was going to be like when Jerusalem was captured, but what it will be like at the end of the world just before Jesus comes back.
“And there shall be … earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7, 8
I'm sooooo sad about what has happened to Haiti! As I've been looking through the pictures and images and videos, my heart breaks for this country devastated and in despair. I don't have much, but as much as I can, I want to help. But more than that, I want to help the many people that are STILL living around the world make a choice for eternal life, while they still have the opportunity! As one of my favorite missionaries says, "The times we are living in aren't normal times anymore! We can't carry on life as normal. We are, as it were, on the Titanic. And it's sinking fast! Our focus and effort should not be to make our own lives more comfortable, but to throw out life-rafts...to rescue the perishing! It doesn't matter what they are made of, if they are gold-plated or plastic...the point is...we need to get them out and NOW! All we have should go to this cause!!!! For even as we speak, souls are perishing!"
I want to close this blog post with a YouTube from Danita's Orphanage in Haiti!
It's an Emergency - "For in as much as you've done it unto the least of these, you've done it unto me!"