“Listen with Your Heart.”
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season ye shall reap, if ye faint not.” Galatians 6:9
When you live in Haiti, there is always “need,” staring you in the face. If we walk from the Orphanage, to the Birthing Center, or to the Clinic, there will be someone “pulling me over to the side,” and telling me their problem. It is usually, “My husband left me with the kids and I don’t have a job,” or “could you help me by paying my rent this month,” or “we have been out of food for several days, could you help me?” and, there are many, many more needs. I could often understand why Jesus had to “go apart,” for a while.
It would be easy for us to become weary of their problems; it would be easy for us to say, “I’m not interested in helping you, I have my own problems.” But, God put us where the needs are the greatest. When we first moved to Haiti, we could not speak a lot of Creole; we lived up in the mountains. Often we could hear a baby cry at night. The baby sounded like it was right out on the street in front of our house. The baby cried and cried each night. One day, a poor lady came to our gate to ask for some food. She had been crying. When I asked what was wrong (in my best Creole), she replied that her baby had been hungry and cried each night because she was hungry. I said, “Well, where is your baby?” With that, she sadly said, “she died.” The whimpering, crying we had heard was the baby’s last pitiful cry for help. We can never be weary in well-doing. When the need is before your eyes, and your heart is pounding, that is the “spirit of God,” saying, “help them now.” Obedience is better than sacrifice. Learn to “listen with your heart.” Have a great day and you will be the answer to someone’s prayer today.