The first thing I would like to say is “Thank You” to the many of you who shared your support and prayers this past week, as my family and I were on a mission trip in Haiti. My post last week titled "Faith over Fear" was at best an understatement of what I personally
needed to get through the indescribable experiences that I faced.
In the beginning of our trip, our leaders reminded us that we need to be sure to "look up" while we are on this mission. While I didn't necessarily understand this at first, it became crystal clear as the days passed by. In the first few days, I was emotionally overwhelmed by the extreme poverty I witnessed block after block...the way my heart ached when I cradled abandoned babies in the hospital, or when I rubbed lotion on the arms of a 103-year-old woman who longed for nothing more than to be touched by a human.
I felt surrounded by despair, but then I remembered to "look up”, and when I did, the view changed. No longer did I just see waste along the streets, but rather, people working together to lay bricks for a building. No longer did I just see anguish on their faces, but rather, people singing and rejoicing for being alive another day. No longer did I just see people waiting in lines for fresh water, but rather, two toddlers washing each other clean on the sidewalk. The devastation most certainly didn't disappear, but it all became so beautiful when I took the time to "look up!"
This is one lesson that I will try to remember from this day forward, now that I have returned to my very comfortable life. When I get mired in the things that are going wrong, and it seems that I keep running into nothing but problems, I need to be reminded that it is time to "look up." As I "look up" right this very moment, I see how very blessed I am in this life.
I have included some pictures, the last of which was taken from a peak in Haiti. The caption I have given for this photo is "Haiti in all of its beauty, as seen by the Heavens."
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