I am reminded daily of how easily I can allow in my life a gap between what I read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how I try to live my life I am sure I often appear to be living without the power of the Spirit, ignoring His promptings. Without Him I am not all He has created me to be. God longs to “do a new thing” in my life, in the lives of my family (Isaiah 43:19) and I want…need to allow Him to have His way. I truly do desire to consistently live with an awareness of His strength and power in me…to be different today from what I was yesterday. I want to be fearless, to expect to see extraordinary things happen around me. There is a huge difference between believing what God has promised and praying for those things I’d like to be true. Unfortunately, the truth is, there are also many moments I don’t want to be led by the Spirit…I don’t want to be led by anyone other than myself. I’m a mess!
One of my favorite things to do here in Haiti, is to head into the mountains for a walk/run (working on the running) and process the day with the Lord. As my legs ache from the hills I am climbing, I am reminded that scripture speaks to the endurance needed…required by believers…our need to endure to the end, fight the good fight, run with patience, perseverance, endurance…to finish well. As we look through our eyes at all that is broken around us, it’s easy to feel worn, to see the mountain as too steep! BUT if I remember to simply put one foot in front of the other, focusing only on the next step, talking to the Lord as I go, I know that just as I am conquering these beautiful mountains here, our family, empowered by the Lord will conquer both the foreseen and unforeseen mountains ahead of us as we minister with our team in Haiti. God has a supernatural ability to serve the people He has placed around us, through us. May He alone be glorified and His beauty seen through our responses!