I’m headed to Haiti again in just ten days. I’m nervous. I’m not sure why, but I am.
Isaiah 61:1-4 has been my prayer for the people there. Since last summer when I was there, I have read over this passage numerous times.
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
I am so thankful that through the Spirit of the Lord I am able to be used to comfort and help in their restoration process by sharing the Gospel. It truly is good news to those who believe.
Yesterday I came across a seller on Etsy who put the words of Isaiah into this really beautiful print. I think I might have a little room by my front door for this…I know it’s a little hard to see here, but if you click on the picture you’ll see it more clearly (it’s also a link to her store).
Maybe my nervousness stems from my knowledge of the great things I know the Lord is going to do. Great things often scare me, especially when I’m not exactly sure what it will look like.
May the Lord comfort me, as well…