When the earth split open in Haiti this week I can only imagine what ran through the minds of the people on the ground. I have never been in an earthquake of any size. I don’t know, apart from abject fear what comes through one’s skin and seeps into the mind, what triggers in the mind and motivates the body to respond…or not respond.
Maybe fear is all that comes in that moment, fight or flight…an ancient programming in place from God to preserve us.
I don’t know.
Here in the States my response was “do.” I wanted, like so many people I know, to jump on a plane and go help. I can’t go right now so I gave money because I have money to give and I want to support the people who can go. I don’t know if it’s enough.
The response of some highly noted “christian” types was less about “do” and more about “judge.” It makes me ill, it reflects poorly on us all. He’s family (as Anne Lamotte might say) but he’s the crazy uncle we’d all like to keep in the basement in my estimation.
Today though I’m not going to go down into the chasm, the deep dirt, mud and destruction that this crazy uncle preaches. I’m going to follow the example of this Susan Isaacs I like so much and I’m going to ask you to look up.
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Look up and then do, do what you can. Look up and BE, be the hands, the feet, the mouth, the eyes, the arms of Jesus. If we are His followers, if we are His lovers…then this is what we are meant to do, this is what we are meant to be.
thanks be to God.