Faith in Faith
When I decided to move to Haiti in June of 2010, there were many factors of that decision. One of the biggest reasons was my new found walk with God, a walk of pure Faith, it has turned out to be a bit more of a leap than a walk, but that is beside the point. After the passing of Todd I began searching for reasons, the answer to the consuming question ‘why’; why him, why so young, so fast, so painful.
I don’t suppose I will ever find those answers, not in this life time. Somewhere between then and now I began to rely only my Faith. Sometimes we are knocked down so low there is only one thing that can lift us up again; Him.
Part of my decision to come to Haiti was to strengthen my Faith, I am a new Christian or ‘practicing Christian’ as I more correctly think of myself. I wanted so badly to be surrounded by others with great Faith, un-shattered Faith; I wanted to learn from them. I wanted to live daily surrounded by those who had inspired me; my family here, my new friends. But, life doesn’t always go as we plan; as I am learning MY plan is far inferior to His plan.
I do not live with the family whom I hoped to glean so much from every day, nor do I see those friends I set out to learn from daily. However, this past week I was able to come to a realization about the greatness of His plan. As I was in Bohoc leading a team from NewHOPE church in NC we were joined by a second 410 Bridge team from GA. Somewhere in the conversations with various team members, listening to testimonies, and watching complete strangers fall unknowingly in love with a country and culture that has captured my own heart-a light bulb as clear as the Caribbean sun turned on in my mind.
I am living out my Faith. I am surrounded by people who are living the same Faith I am. I AM surrounded by others with great Faith, un-shattered Faith; every day I am learning. I am involved with daily devotions and scholarly conversations of scripture. God knew my heart, He knew what I needed. I may have taken the long way to get to where I am now, but God knew I needed those hard times to set me straight, to build up my Faith; to strengthen my understanding. Thank you all for being teachers, pupils and friends.
It seems ironic to me, to get to Faith I had to take a leap of Faith. I suppose that’s what Faith is; if you could study it and understand it…it wouldn’t be Faith. The only thing to do is trust, to have Faith in Faith; Faith in God. When was the last time you took a leap of Faith???
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
“Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” –Psalm 37:4
“He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’…” –Matthew 8:26
“…Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ He said, ‘Your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.” –Matthew 9:22
“…and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” –Matthew 10:39
“And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” –Matthew 13:58
“The Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” –Matthew 15:28
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” –Matthew 16:25
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” –Proverbs 3:5
“The only way out is up Elsie whispered to me. ‘A Leap of Faith’” –From the Broadway Musical Rent, ‘Over the Moon’