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The Joy In Commitment

The Joy In Commitment

The hot Caribbean sun beat down upon our heads as our band made it down to the ocean. Even though the hour was still early, I was already soaked with perspiration. And yet with the excitement in the air, I barely noticed the humidity. We were on our way to the water to participate in a baptism for new believers. 

Two little dark hands clung to mine, two small barefoot children danced alongside me, with beaming smiles on their faces and sparkling eyes, singing loudly along with the joyous songs in Creole. 

Haitians and Americans joined together in the celebrating, dancing down the dirt path to the sound of the drums that accompanied us. For us, this moment marked the end of a life-changing week in Haiti, for them it marked a new beginning in their life as believers, where they truly were saying “Mwen pap tounen”- no turning back. For many, their background was rooted in voodooism. They had no doubt what God had done in their lives and in their hearts, truly turning from darkness to light and the power of satan to the power of God. And there was a joy that was apparent on their faces, despite whatever circumstances they were experiencing- they had found the secret to peace. I have never seen a group of Christians as joyful as those Haitian brothers and sisters, who, naturally speaking, had nothing. But spiritually, who had everything in the world. 

We were no longer Haitians and Americans, black and white that day…we were all brothers and sisters in Christ, celebrating the decisions that were made to commit themselves to be followers of the Way. There was a sense of unity that crossed all social and language barriers. There was a connection beyond words that was felt in the heart. We were all committed to serving the Lord, together, wherever that may bring us. It was a serious commitment…and yet one filled with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.

I have never forgotten that moment, the feeling that it brought. And whenever I might be tempted to think life is challenging, I remember my brothers and sisters faithfully carrying out their God-given assignments in one of the darkest places on earth, surrounded by so many challenges. “And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not put it out.” Let this bring us all courage, that when we are faithful in our commitments to Him, He will be faithful to keep us. 

May the God of peace be with you all (Romans 15)

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