In Septemeber 2008, I traveled 6000 miles to Haiti's Kenscoff mountains. My mission: to care for some of the orphaned and abandoned, the sick, malnourished and premature infants of this beautiful but beleagured Caribbean nation.

Friday, 5 March 2010

The Night

'We are hard pressed on every side , but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.' (2Corrinthians 4:8-9).

Today, actually, for this entire week, I have felt strongly that following anuary's devastating earthquake, I am still in the night. I know that morning is coming, but I am in no doubt that this is a season of 'sowing in sorrow.'

The most challenging aspect of the work I am doing in this season, is that I am doing it under persecution; a persecution that I have been under for several months and that comes from within the community of christian believers.

Do I despair?
Do I feel as though I have been dealt a blow?
Without a doubt! Yet, I am still here.....

I am here because I have been perfectly prepared by a God who allowed me to be persecuted in the past, so that I could live through persecution in 'such a time as this.'

Faith is such a difficult thing. It can take years to see the purpose in God's design. Sometimes, we never do understand, but today, I have been given a gift of insight. Today, past trials are imbued with both meaning and reason.

Today, God is close to me, and he has revealed in no uncertain terms that although he is not in the fire, he will get me through it.

Yes, morning is coming, and I will complete the work that he has ordained for me; reaping in joy.


Cheryl said...

Susan, this brings tears to my eyes.
The older I get the more I can see HIS plans, how he has been preparing me for various trials in my life and how He has been using those trials to have me help others going through similar situations.

Continuing to uphold you in prayer in His work you are doing in Haiti.

Tim Franklin said...

Praying for you today.