These past two weeks, we have sifted through all of our belongings to make “give away,” “throw away” and “pack it” piles. It’s amazing, as simple a people we think we are, we surely have accumulated a lot of stuff in the past ten years. Packing to move is tiring. I’m growing weary of living among the boxes and big Rubbermaid tubs. I long to paint new walls and hang my family photos and religious pictures up at the new place. A house just doesn’t feel like a home when it is barren – devoid of personal touches and reminders.
I was feeling a bit “blue,” until I read about a young man from our archdiocese who traveled to Haiti to help out with the rebuilding process. His willingness to give of his time, money and energy to help these people was truly inspiring. He plans to study medicine and to go back to the small island country to share his knowledge with the people there.
It’s been awhile since Haiti was in the news following the devastating earthquake. I confess that I have almost forgotten about their desperate plight. This young man said that most still do not have electricity. The churches where they once worshiped and received Jesus were destroyed. In order to get clean water, they have to walk for miles.
I bet they wouldn’t mind my boxes and Rubbermaid tubs – a welcomed trade for running water, and electricity. Oh the little things that bother us so…and the things we take for granted. Many would love to have four blank walls to look at – to protect them from the elements.
In Christ, we are all brothers and sisters. When we who have been so blessed begin to feel overwhelmed by our circumstances, we need only stop to ponder the lives of others around the world who are truly struggling to get their basic needs met. It puts things in perspective.
When I took my bath tonight, I gave thanks for the cleanness of the water. I gave thanks that it came to me – as easy as turning a knob. I gave thanks that it was warm and relaxing. I prayed for those who still have to carry their water.
I may not be called to leave the country (being a mom and a teacher with children counting on me), but I can do something. I think I will pray about this tonight. Hopefully, God will give me an answer:)