The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike." I Samuel 30:24
Have you ever seen missionaries go out into service and felt guilty that somehow you were staying behind? Have you sometimes wondered whether you measure up because you're just staying home and working a job instead of selling all you own and going abroad? I'll admit I've been feeling some of that. As I've watched my sisters, brother-in-law, a niece and nephew, and now my father head off to Haiti, I've felt like I should be doing the same thing. I love Haiti and the Haitian people. When I was two years old, I lived in Haiti with my grandmother for several months. After that, I would go each year to visit Haiti with my family and it became like my second home. So, after this devastating earthquake shook Haiti I felt like I should be going down to help, too. Even though I may give money or help gather supplies (or cover dad's website while he's gone), somehow it doesn't feel as worthwhile as being right in the middle of the action. Last night I just happened to be reading in
1 Samuel 30 about David going out with his men into battle. A group of the men became too tired to continue and stayed behind with the supplies while the remainder of the men continued on into battle. When they defeated their enemy and returned to the men who had stayed behind, some of the warriors thought the plunder should not be shared with those who did not fight. But David responded with this, "The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike." Isn't that encouraging? It seems relevant today for me and maybe you, too. So if you have given money to Haiti or have gathered supplies to send, you have shared a part in bandaging the wounds and holding the babies and passing out rice. We all can play our part. If you feel like God is telling you to go to Haiti, by all means pack your bags and go. But if you know you are going to stay behind and give in other ways, then know that you are important too. Thank you to all who have helped Haiti in this difficult time. Please continue to pray for my dad, Wes, and my brother-in-law, Bryan, while they are in Haiti now.