24th March 2019

Compassion UK: Keep Sowing

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.

Psalm 126:5 NASB


 

While visiting Haiti with Compassion, we got to know our hosts quite well. Our hearts broke for them one afternoon. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living below the poverty line. The missions team had been building a house for some of the children and, against all odds, had finally sourced doors, toilets, and sinks for the building. These precious commodities had only been acquired through prayer and relentless hard work. We did a trip one afternoon to see the progress of the building project. But on arrival we found to our great disappointment that all the materials had been stolen, the toilets even ripped out of the ground. I could see the grief in our guide’s eyes. “What will you do now?” I asked. “Start again,” he said.

Reflection
The hardest thing to do when you’re grieving is to keep sowing, to keep investing in others when you’ve been rejected, to pray for others when your prayers remain unanswered, to build when your hard work has been razed to rubble. But God promises that joy will come as a reward for that great act of spiritual courage.

Lord, it’s not easy to keep sowing when my heart is heavy or broken. But today I’m pledging to keep serving you. I pledge to continue sowing into my dreams, into others, and into your kingdom. I trust that you will give me a reward of pure joy when the time comes! In Jesus’ name, amen.


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