Doors Unlocked & Open
"Lord, we're going to follow where we think you're leading us. And if it's not, please shut the door. Make it evidently clear that this is not what we're supposed to be doing."
This is a prayer I've made quite a few times since moving to Haiti. Since moving forward with plans for the C.A.M.P., it's one my husband and I have prayed daily.
Maybe you've been at a point in your life too, where things could go either way and you're waiting on God's voice. A piece of advice my father gave me quite a few years ago that has stuck with me has been this:
"God can't steer a parked car."
Get out there, get moving and when you keep Him as the focus, He will lead you in the way of His will.
So we got moving. After looking at many different properties and directions, we kept feeling called back to a specific house, right in the middle of a community. We felt God leading us to pursue it as the site of the center, so we did. The devil tried SO hard to distract us with the doubts and what-ifs of all the details that weren't figured out yet. There were discouraging times, but it seemed like each day there was also confirmation from the Lord that kept us going. Our faith grew bigger than our fears and we continued to trust and believe. God is always much better at the details than we are anyways!
On January 5th, Matthew Gideon and I found ourselves sitting on a concrete ledge face a brightly painted white house. We were filled with peace and overwhelmed by the goodness of God. Despite the challenges and obstacles--a few that involved sickness, multiple trips though the crazy mountain roads, negotiations in various languages and a lawyer that couldn't find a printer-- we were sitting in front of the property for the community center, with the keys in our hands.
We excitedly explored the rooms and began making plans of how we would get them ready over the next few months. We ran into a pregnant tarantula and decided maybe we would just leave that room locked forever. More importantly, we sat and prayed over that house, over the ones who would eventually fill it and over the community on the other side of the gate.
It was an incredibly holy moment.
We left feeling completely overcome by the goodness of God and completely overwhelmed by all of your support that has gotten us to this point. It's a new year. And this is the beginning of a new season for us. I can feel God working. I can feel him doing a new thing in our lives. I can't wait to see what other doors he will leave unlocked and open for us.
The past couple of months each one of you has been a part of God's will in our lives through encouragement, messages, prayers, donations and advice. God has done immeasurably more than we ever imagined at this point and my faith is growing in the midst of it all. And if you find yourself in a season of life where you're not sure what to do, focus on the Lord, get out there and get moving! He will take care of the details and guide your steps.
There's an old Haitian proverb that I absolutely love:
Men anpil, chay pa lou.
Many hands make the load lighter. Wether you're near or far, I pray you grow along this journey with us.