That’s what faith can do {Remembering the Port-au-Prince earthquake}

That’s what faith can do.

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You’ve heard the song, right?

Each time I hear it, I’m transported back…
Back to Haiti.
Back to my fall into darkness and anxiety, that strange world where terror strangled me.

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger
Stronger than you know

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I wasn’t stronger. But God was. He was stronger than I knew. And His grace enabled me not to give up.

He was the lifter of my head when my panic began on the first of January 2010.

He was the God who sees when Port-au-Prince — and the entire nation of Haiti was devastated on the twelfth of January 2010.

He’d been my Rock for the eight years of struggle preceding that eventful day.

He knew the cries of my heart — cries to complete our children’s impossible adoptions, cries for hope, restoration, and guidance.

He called my husband and me to Haiti in the first place.

He gave us a dream, a mission.

He placed three abandoned children in our home, and asked us to serve them and their people for what we believed would be the rest of our lives.

But year after year went by, and every attempt we made to obey — to adopt, to minister successfully — was thwarted. It seemed we fought a losing battle each day.

So many of those days, we gave up. On a human level, we lost hope.

But the Giver of dreams, the Giver of faith made sure faith’s mustard seed never quite died.

In spite of us, we were used.
In spite of us, some were blessed.
And in spite of us, miracles just happened.

The earthquake seemed to mark the end of everything for everybody — lives, sanity, hope.
But darkness provides the perfect backdrop for light to shine.

God’s people showed up, saving lives and sharing eternal hope.
And God chose to use the darkest moment to set the solitary in families.

The children of Port-au-Prince’s orphanages were released to their adoptive parents.

Our three children were released.

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Life in Haiti birthed a cynicism in my heart that still lingers.

I cringe as I think about the corruption that prevailed in the midst of the relief work.

Missions, adoptions, churches, orphanages, sponsorships… nothing there can be tied up with a neat little bow.

There is always so much more to the story.

Perhaps if we’d known how hard it all would be, we would have chosen another path.

Thank God we didn’t.

What path is God calling you to follow today?

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason
For someone not to try

Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

That’s what OUR GOD can do.

*For more of our family’s story, read my ebook, Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear.

Available for Kindle or Nook.

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