Some of you may remember my sister Lillian and her family who survived the Haiti earthquake a little over a year ago. I posted about it ( I can't figure out how to link a page so it's last January 28 and there is a video where they share their story-----. If you haven't heard their story, I seriously recommend it. You will be blessed).
Well, the one year anniversary of that date has come and gone. Lillian and her family are here right now, waiting for baby #2 to make his/her arrival. We love having them so close!
Lillian is my little sister by 5 years. I was the oldest sister and she the youngest sister, with 2 sisters between us. And as children, that 5 year gap didn't seem to close, until I turned 21 and she 16. She didn't seem so 'little' anymore. And although we had many memories as sisters growing up, we could relate more and understand each other better. And made many fun memories that year before I got married. She has always been unselfish. I don't know if there is anyone that I know personally, actually, that I could say would be as unselfish as she is.
Her prayer when they left for Haiti, was that she would connect to her husband's culture somehow. Rodney was raised as a missionary child in Haiti, and he lived there up until about 2 years before they got married. He is the 'White Haitian'. They had planned to go down for 3 months while he taught one of his Father's Bible school terms. She planned to learn the language and like I said 'connect to his culture'. They were there one week before the earthquake happened.
Her prayer was answered - she connected in ways she NEVER dreamed of.
And it has changed their lives.
But she's ok with that.
She has lived in a tent since then.
But she's ok with that.
It's not easy, we can tell, and she doesn't pretend that it is, she's just at peace.
She's overdue with her baby, and she's ok with that.
She lived in the tent until she was 8 months along, giving up her brand new house in Haiti, to another couple who needs it more right now.
And she's ok with that.
And although there were times of homesickness and tears, she would always tell us, "But I don't want to come home until I learn what it is God is trying to teach me here."
She had days of not much food at all. One meal actually on most days.
She was ok with that - always giving to the teams that were there helping to rebuild before she took for herself.
Sometimes I feel this 'pang' of jealousy, like, "Lillian, you HAVE rights, demand them" "Don't let people run over you" "Stand up for yourself"! And it's easier at times to feel that way then to celebrate with her and learn from her.
You know why it is easier to feel jealous?
Because then I don't have to change. I don't have to feel convicted. I don't have realize that it's my 'self' that I'm full of.
She has given up 'self' and replaced it with 'His Spirit'.
And today she did it again. Not with any pomp or show. Nobody else found out (unless I told them). Just quietly.
Patrick was home today for the first Saturday in, I don't know how long. She didn't know that when she called. And remember, she's a week overdue. She called around 11 and said, "Hey, we want to come get your kids and take them for lunch and keep them all afternoon, so that you and Patrick can go out." No fireworks, no glory to herself, just because she has chosen to give up 'self'.
So they did.
They came and picked up the kids.
The picture seemed so turned around to me - should I not be the one doing this for her right now??
They took them to McDonald's and schlepped them all over, all afternoon. Until suppertime actually.
It brings me to tears. My little sister is a spiritual giant.
She doesn't know I'm writing this. But I believe...
...She'd be ok with it. Cuz she knows her motives, she's living beyond herself. She has learned to 'listen' to what the Spirit is saying. She isn't superwoman and wouldn't want me to paint her that way.
I want what she has, and I'm going to ask for it.
I'm tired of 'Mj' getting in the way.
I'm so glad that my Heavenly Daddy decided to allow us to have them here with us instead of taking them home with Him, in the earthquake like the 40 in their house who didn't make it.
I think I know one reason He allowed it...
...for me to learn from her, more about Him.
I love you Lillian & your little family! They plan on returning to Haiti probably sometime in March.