Ever since I wrote the first article about God's immeasurable creations, I've found myself seeing more and more things that soar beyond their physical value. Especially in such a beautiful, vivacious country, it's evident that it is not the eye that sees, but the heart.
Haiti has an unfortunate abundance of restaveks, Haitian children that are sold to other families to work as a domestic slave to generate a small income and provide a somewhat stable household for the child. Is his value found in the fact that he is the last in the household to receive food, if any at all? That he will almost certainly be depraved of education? That he has a frightfully high chance of being a victim to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse? No, but rather, his value is found in his hope for a future. In the fact that he is beloved by a Father who shakes mountains and parts oceans with a flick of a finger. In the fact that God made him with more love than has ever existed.
What about an orphan? Whether they are actually without parents or given up for the hopes of a better future, these children are chained by their circumstances and some of the worst victims of poverty. But they are wonderfully and awesomely freed by the love that God has for them! We see their worth in the way they love others freely and the love that others give to them. The resolution of One Egg, to provide them with one egg a day, is tangible evidence of the grace of God in their futures.
Voudou, a toxic religion characterized by belief in spirits and mortal possession, clutches Haiti tightly and has for hundreds of years; Voudou priests are arguably most affected by voudou's poisonous thought. They take lives, break souls, and lead thousands into darkness and separation from God, all without a second glance. And yet, their pasts and their deeds are not their identities; the grace of God has revoked their sins! They are not measured by their actions, but in the knowing that God has the power to set them free from them! We are hallowed and made whole by our salvations, and thank Jesus that our past isn't the place from which our value is contrived.
Poutet Jezi ase pou nou, nou ase tou.
Because Jesus is enough, we are enough.
Thank you Julie Beehn for this wonderful BLOG post.