"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exulted,
every hill and mountain shall be made low,
that rough places will be made straight
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all flesh shall see it together."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Please don't make fun of me today.
I can tell you the story if you want.
Yes, tell me the story.
About a month ago, a little girl was burned in a house fire. Her burns were bad. Really bad. On her face, on & in her ear, down her arm, all of one leg. We saw her several times. Then she stopped coming. So we chased her down. Convinced her Mom one day. Then her Mom started refusing & hiding. Then we found her Dad. Convinced her Dad one day. Then he started hiding. And we had to find uncles, cousins, neighbors to convince. Every time we saw her, they had removed her bandage & taken her to the voodoo priest. To put something on her burn. Sometimes it contained eggs. Other times goat poop. But every time it required scrubbing the burn to clean it. And it hurts her. It hurts her a lot. And she cries. She cries every time.
Earlier this week, I walked into their yard. Called- no answer. Called again- no answer. I walked into the house to find her all alone. She knows who I am. She knows what I've done to her. But she reached up with both arms for me to pick her up. And I went and pleaded for someone to let me take and clean her burn. Her burn that was crusty & pussy, no bandage.
I don't think that they trust.
I don't think so either.
No, I don't think they trust. I don't think they trust Jesus. They don't know Him. We need to pray that they will know & hear from Him.
Yes, yes we do. I don't know what to do. What is the right thing for her? For her family? For her foot? For Jubilee?
I will ask God to tell you. I think He will tell you.
The voice of Jesus sounds like a 15 year old boys. And guess what? He speaks Creole.
His hands help hold a little girl as she gets her burns cleaned.
And He intercedes to the Father. He intercedes & asks when I struggle to know what to say.
"Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?" That's exactly what Jesus did. He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out. "I took on the troubles of the troubled," is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it's written for us."