"The LORD is my strength" to sit still. And what a difficult accomplishment this is! I often say to others during those times when I am compelled to be still, "If only I could do something!"... Yet to do nothing except sit still and wait requires tremendous strength. - Streams in the Desert, Cowan
Christian Friendship Ministries. We are on a new journey seeking a sense of home.
What a switch from our Fig Garden neighborhood in Fresno with it's neat rows of houses and green lawns with perennials out front! The kids there ride bikes and scooters with brightly-colored helmets. Our neighbor walks her well-manicured little dog and stops in the shade of the trees. Businessmen are taking a stroll and gabbing on their iPhones on their lunch break. The loitering happens down at the 7-Eleven. Some people pull their cars into their two-car garages and never speak a word.
God is calling us to build our nest these months on an island far away from family and familiar. My new sense of home is gathering my family under my wings and savoring each moment, this gift of time together. We are called to listen to the Haitian people. We are compelled to observe their way of life. We pray and put our minds together on ways we can encourage their destitute spirits. We try to tell their stories. We are opening the eyes of our hearts to learn from them.
My friend Terry astutely reminded me that we are not human doers; we are human beings. I am learning to just be in Haiti.
Home for now is in the smiling faces of two orphan boys who sing a song of praise in front of the church on Sunday night. Home for now is fried plantains, chicken and squash in sauce with fresh-squeezed limeade. Home for now is roosters as my alarm clock and tropical rains in the afternoons to lull me to sleep. Home for now is in the brilliant red of the hibiscus flowers in my neighbor's yard. Home is gathering my girls in my bed under the mosquito net and reading from the yellowed pages of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." My mama read to me from this same weathered copy when I was Meilani's age.
We are finding home just being together.