When it comes to a visible evaluation of our day it looks something like this:
8:00 drivers meet to transport us to the orphanage
8:30-12:00 time with kids
12:00-1:00 lunch prepared by the orphanage staff
1:00-2:30 rest time back at the hotel
2:30-5:00 time with kids
6:00-7:00 supermarket stop
7:00-8:30 devotion/discussion time
8:30-7:00am try to sleep
Nothing newsworthy, headline grabbing or earth shattering today. Playtime included taking little hand and footprints which was sweet, challenging at times, and lots of FUN! Our art director, Macky, and her crew did a phenomenal job capturing a small milestone in the lives of these little ones. What a sweet treasure to pass on to future families. Throughout the rest of the day our team members laughed, held, sang, played, cried, prayed, wiped up puke, pee and poop. In general we have experienced a range of emotions that often left us with a conflicting mix of emotions: sad and happy, hopeful and despairing, yet most of all prayerful. During our devotion time, Beth, our fearless leader, read 2 Corinthians 4:18, “so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Our schedule is easily seen and our actions feel small & inadequate for the visible needs we see, our hearts are burdened with how pitiful our small efforts actually seem. But as Beth read that verse it struck me that our view is so limited. Like an author of a novel our God is writing a story for which only He knows the details. He is writing this story not on paper or screen, but on human hearts.
Just as the reader doesn’t know where the story will go, neither do any of us know how, or when, God’s story will end. It boggles the limits of my mind to think about how many characters God is developing. Each of us are part of a His story-every baby, every nanny, every team member.
God sees the invisible, the unseen. He sees each heart, and while we may not know all of the details, the ending has already been written. And for those of us who crave a great ending , this one is pretty SPECTCULAR!