This week, our family spent a few days in the comfort of a nice home on high grounds while a tropical storm blew into our area.
The whole experience was pretty uneventful for us (Praise the LORD) apart from some puddles of water in our home and part of a day without electricity.
In nearby areas, however, the results were devastating.
Flooding. Damaged roads. Entire communities without water or electricity for the next month.
My first reaction in situations like these: I NEED to get out there, get dirty, and HELP.
What actually happened: I have no way to get there safely and there is nothing I have to offer at this point, so I will stay in this luxuriously comfortable house and wait it out.
On Sundays, our team usually goes out into our communities and builds relationships with families. This week, however, we chose to focus on disaster relief.
As the Seeds of Hope team divided into groups, I realized it would be the opposite of useful for me to tag along with Aubree, her stroller, an umbrella, sunscreen, bug spray, and the millions of other things she uses in a day (especially food… have you seen how chubby that girl is getting??).
To be honest, I struggled with the thought of staying home.
Come on. There had to be SOMETHING I could do.
So…I made sandwiches for our team and stayed home with baby girl.
Was it hard to stay back? Yes.
Did I want to be present in the communities? Yes.
Is my role less important? NO WAY JOSÉ!
Fortunately, we talked about it in church this morning:
“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” -1 Corinthians 12:18-20
So maybe I didn’t pray with a hopeless victim who just lost everything they had. Maybe I wasn’t able to clean out a water damaged home. Maybe I didn’t bring water to neighborhoods that desperately need it.
But I did get to care for my daughter, support my husband in serving, and use the gifts God has given me.
Today I felt small and useless. However, there is no insignificant role in the body of the Church.
I encourage you to find joy and purpose in whatever you are doing today, no matter how insignificant it might seem.
“There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” -1 Corinthians 12:5-6