Yesterday was an awesome day of recovery for Tara; but today was a miserable one. Nausea ruled the day. Medicine didn’t help. Sleep didn’t help. A comforting touch didn’t even help. Sitting, standing, lying down; none of these helped. Our minds were eased when told this is normal recovery for this type of surgery. But that didn’t make Tara more comfortable. When I asked if there was anything I could do to make her feel better, she said in tears “Just love on me. Tell me it will be okay.” So I reminded her of the promises of God using His words. It still hurt, but there was some peace.
We are upheld by the word and spirit of God and your prayers and encouragement; all of which regularly bring us to tears. When we think about the last 11 days we realize the significance of suffering in our walk with God. We have grown tremendously in these days. I have seen His power on display doing things in our lives I know we could never have done on our own. I am convinced of His presence and power more than ever.
It seems that in the world I know, I have spent resources that God has given me alleviating the very thing that could refine me and give me joy. We have a second car so getting around is not a hardship. We stockpile food in our pantry so there is no chance we will go hungry. We have sinks to provide clean water and power tools to make light work of big jobs. I know all of this stuff isn’t bad, but I do wonder how we would be different if we HAD to depend on the power of God more regularly.
In our first blog back on February 1 or 2, I mentioned we were in Haiti over Thanksgiving. I would be remiss not to mention something that impacted our lives, and was actually the first chapter of the life conversation we were just having. Shane and Kara Gauthier (and 5 kids) are part of The Paulos Group (http://www.paulosgroup.org/), near Fort Liberte, Haiti. The tagline of The Paulos Group is ‘proven and innovative solutions to poverty”. They are building modest yet quality homes that Haitians can afford and gain equity over time. This would be one great place to send some extra resources, instead of always providing extra comforts for ourselves.
Thank you all again for your prayers and encouragement. We love you all.