You see in Genesis 15 the Israelites were freed from slavery. They were able to leave Egypt and pursue the promised land. So they hurriedly packed even able to take silver and gold from Egypt. But we learn once they cross the red sea Miriam reaches in her bag. Her one bag. With all she has. All that was important for her to bring. And she brings out her tambourine. She begins to sing and dance. Praising God. You see, Miriam knew that she would be praising the Lord. She knew it. I don't think it was an accident that that is exactly where we were in the Exodus study in BSF the week before I left for Haiti. Even though I have no idea why I am getting on this plane. Even though I was afraid of feeling even more broken then I already did. I was going. And if I was going....I wanted to be prepared to praise. I wanted to know God would show up.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22nd
That evening we dropped the girls at my parents and left for the airport. Met up with our group. Some we knew, most we didn't. Off for the adventure of our lives. We flew to Dallas for an overnight. That night I tried to rest as much as possible. I could feel my heart getting more and more excited as the trip began to get more real.
On the plane I read Isaiah 58 and was stopped by God's words,
"No, this is the kind of fasting I want: free those who are wrongly imprisoned, lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind." vs.6-8
My wounds will heal? Do I have wounds? And my wounds are healed by service? Service to those who need freedom, need to be lightened, need food or shelter or clothes? This is how my salvation will come and how my wounds will heal?
So I knew that I was going for a fast. The kind of fast that pleases the Lord. I asked the Lord what wounds I had that needed healing. I asked the Lord to show me someone who needed freedom. Someone who was in bondage. Someone who needed the practical. Someone who needed my help. May I meet them. Lead me forward and protect me from behind.