Today, 1/12/2011, is the one year anniversary of the massive earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti. For us here in the states it’s easy to forget that such a tragedy occurred, we are very busy you know. It might cross our mind from time to time and when it does we might think “how sad” but in the end we just go about our busy lives, forgetting.
We forget about that dreadful day when an estimated three hundred thousand people lost their lives and about a million people lost their homes. Almost all of those one million people still have no home and are living in makeshift refugee camps that occupy just about every open field and parking lot.
For most of us anniversaries are a time of celebration and excitement. But not for most Haitians, they have little to celebrate at the moment. A Fox news report quoted Fai-na Bernadette, a 24-year-old nurse as saying “We are just completely discouraged now.” I would be too.
Have you ever stopped to think what you would do if you were in their shoes? What would I do if my wife and I and our four kids lost our home and were living in a camp with thousands of other people? In America we think “that’s easy I would just build a new home,” or “the government would supply one for me.” But what if no home was coming? What if you lived in that camp for a year and still had no hope for a home. You and I would be devastated, just like the Haitians. We would begin to lose our will and second guess who and what to rely on.
Fortunately for us and the people all over the world there is a God who we can put our hope in. He is the one that I am praying will lift up those wonderful people and give them hope again. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill them completely with joy and peace because they trust in him. Then they will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
In life, no matter how devastating the circumstances, we always have the choice of where we put our hope. I think it’s time we began to put our hope in the one who is the source of hope… the reason for hope. He is the only one strong enough to lift us up in our day of trouble. “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)