I feel like every day someone asks me what I do for a job. I say substitute and they ask what subject. I tell them math and they always say I won't have any trouble finding a job next year. I offer a thank you and explain that I have chosen to move to Haiti to be a missionary instead of finding a job. Then the same thing always happens....they say, "Oh......well good luck with that." I even had a coach at a local high school call me because he heard I got a job at his school. He was very sad to hear my explanation and then the same thing. "Oh, well good luck with that. Bye." click.
I always wonder what they are thinking when I tell them that I am moving to Haiti. Some are excited but most can't grasp why I would give up everything and move there, even for a year. Just yesterday I was thinking...is this the right thing? And then God gave me a HUGE push that I am doing the right thing. It's not like he isn't ever giving me small nudges that I am doing the right thing but yesterday he wanted to push me down on my knees. In the blog before last, I talked about how God was putting on my heart to love Him and love others. Coincidentally, the Reeves family (the family I will be helping in Haiti) have the same agenda. Here is an part of their last post:
"The scriptures come alive as we see why Jesus said forget everything else and Love your God and Love others. True religion. Love God...Love others. In America and on the mission field we make it so complicated. We have to remember that we feed, educate, train, house, and heal BECAUSE we love. We don't do it to get the right to share the gospel of Jesus. We don't do it because we feel sorry for them. We don't do it because we are trying to earn God's favor. We do it because GOD has placed a love in our hearts for our people. BECAUSE we love them, of course we share the truth of the Bible and the Living God. We could never say we truly love them if we did not care about their greatest need... to know God and Love HIM.
...We all need and want the same thing... to know the answer to "why am I here and how do I make my life count". All the answers are made available to us in God's word but we spend our lives WORKING and STRIVING and often miss the opportunities to just love people and find our place. "
I talked about the people around me and my friends in my blog. Thanks to God for wrapping up Haiti in it too :-) There is such confirmation in our blogs matching up that my heart is in the right place right now, lined up with the people I will be living out the Gospel with in a little more than 3 months. Today I smiled and thanked them with a joyous heart when I heard, "Oh...good luck with that."