by Family Trip member Mandy Sisco
Today a sweet eleven-year-old old girl took my hand and spent all morning teaching me Haitian words. Ubelle means “beautiful.” That was the theme of the day for me.
I stood overlooking the homes of Lavic and was floored by the beauty that my eyes were taking in. This little community is tucked among vibrant green vegetation at the base of rolling mountain tops. Grey clouds were sprinkled throughout the crisp, blue sky, seemingly shouting HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!? As I turned to the person to my left to see if they were taking in all that I was experiencing, I realized it was one of our interpreters, and he didn’t seem phased. I told him that my breath was taken away at this sight, and he smiled politely and said, “It’s just Haiti.”
It struck me how easily we miss the beauty around us. What does God have for me back home? What amazing scenes has the LORD set for me that I respond with, “That’s just Dallas”? I’m hopeful that today can serve as a reminder to have my eyes wide open. Open to His goodness even when chaos seems so evident. Open to His faithfulness when I can only see what’s just in front of me. Open to His reminders of who He is.
I can’t help but be reminded of Psalm 121:1. It says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?” As I lay a weary head on my pillow tonight, my prayer is that our whole team would have our eyes lifted up and ready to see where our help comes from.