Love chasingRich Stigall
At GO, we’ve learned true blessings flow both ways. It’s a beautiful truth that was once again demonstrated on a Haiti Vision Trip…
“My Dad died nine years ago. I can tell you the day. It is the day of sadness. My Dad was my holder and comforter. After he left, I went to live with my uncle. He loves me, but I missed my Dad every day. I have missed his love and wondered if I would experience love like that again. Each year, I dread the “anniversary,” as it reminds me how much love left my life that day. This year, I’d mark the day in Haiti with GO Project, and I was dreading the sadness once again.
The warm greeting of the children is good medicine for a heavy heart. Things were going fine as we stepped off the bus into their gaggle of arms, hands, and voices. Then I saw myself in the life of one particular orphan. He was alone, under a tree, and crying. He was about the same age I was when my daddy died.
I went over to this little boy, picked him up, wiped away his tears, and comforted him. Nothing complicated. In that simple act, “something remarkable happened.” The sadness that has been with me since my dad died left. My heart filled with joy. It was as if the orphan boy was me, and I was my dad. As I comforted this little boy, my own heart was being healed from the loss of my dad.
I’m not sure I believed I could feel love again. It’s hard to contain myself. I want to tell everyone about how love chased the sadness away.”
People sometimes ask, “Why should I go on a vision trip? Wouldn’t it be better if I just wrote a check?” Checks are good, but maybe, like in Doug’s case above, this is a time when God doesn’t want something from you, but rather has something for you. To learn more about GO’ing and serving, click here>>