It amazes me to think that a little less than three years ago Coreluv was merely a dream existing in the hearts of both my husband and I. We never would have imagined that our dream from God to care for orphans would be unfolding as beautifully as it is. We remind ourselves often that we are only little pieces to God’s extraordinary kingdom puzzle!
I liken the journey of Coreluv to the parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke chapter 10. The Good Samaritan expressed tangible acts of love to a beaten and robbed man not only out of the goodness of his heart, but because he went on a journey with God. This is how I feel about Coreluv and everyone who has had the privilege to travel to Haiti with us to love on our precious children.
The first thing the Samaritan did that the priest and Levite failed to do was that he CROSSED THE STREET. He went to where the man was. He decided to break out of his normal routine that day. Quite frankly, he got out of his comfort zone! For most of us, when thinking about doing mission work the popular response is, "That's great for them, but not for me." I know! I used to think it myself! God really has a sense of humor. This girl used to be deathly afraid to fly at one point in her life! Like...release my knuckles from the bed, I'm not going on that trip anymore kind of fear! There came a point where I told myself, "If you don't get on that plane, you are going to miss out on life and ultimately on God's plan." Boy, am I glad I decided to get out of my comfort zone!
The next thing I love about the story of the Good Samaritan was that before he was ever moved with compassion, he first "SAW" or laid his eyes on the beaten man. This speaks so loudly to me! Every compassionate act that Coreluv has ever accomplished came only because people got out of their comfort zones and laid their eyes on the broken, the bleeding, the love-starved orphan! Seeing the need was the first thing that drove the Samaritan to be moved with compassion. Can't you see Christ in this story? He often laid his eyes on multitudes of people who created a segue for Him to perform compassionate acts of love for them.
Something else I love about the parable of the Good Samaritan is that the Samaritan was ultimately led to "DO" something! Because he was moved with compassion, he bandaged the man’s wounds. Compassion will compel you to action! After traveling to Haiti for the very first time in 2011 and laying our eyes on the least of these, we forever were moved to "DO" something! I am honestly not fond of the pat on the back, "You are such a saint for doing mission work" speech that sometimes occurs because of what we do. It just isn't true! We are doing what most other human beings would do who have finally taken the journey, crossed the street and looked upon those who are less fortunate. How can we not?
Lastly, the parable of the Good Samaritan teaches me what it means to die to myself. Compassion was the driving force that caused the Samaritan to sit the beaten man who was left for dead on top of his own donkey and walk him (Lord knows how many miles) to an inn so he could properly take care of him. If this weren't enough, he also emptied out his pockets to foot the bill for him. You see, when you've seen THEM for yourself, it's no longer about you. For me, this question turned inwardly. "God, why was I privileged enough to be born in one of the wealthiest nations in the world? Oh, I get it! Maybe I was born here to be a blessing to someone else.”
God, thank you for helping me to cross the street!
What street is God asking you to cross today? I pray that with His help you will be able to get out of your comfort zone and become obedient to whatever it is that He may be prompting you to do. Someone is waiting on the other side! I assure you!
Posted on Sat, March 15, 2014
by Mandy Reiszner