“Blessed is he…who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widowed, the fatherless.
But the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever, you God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!”
I was reading this Psalm in my devotions, and it reminded me of the very things that God has been laying on my heart over the last few months. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily routines in America that we do not realize that so much of the world does not live the way we do. We find ourselves forgetting, at least me anyway, what God cares about. I forgot the things that God cared about because my eyes were blinded. Believe me it is not intentional, but every day that we do not remind ourselves of what God cares about is just another step toward forgetting. The statement “out of sight, out of mind” has never proven more true in my life than when I stepped foot on Haitian soil.
Living for just over a few months in Haiti, God has really shown me the things that he cares about. They are all things that are listed in the Psalm above. It is when God opened my eyes to see the world around me including the people, Haitian culture, the darkness, oppression, and injustice that I realized that I no longer want to live in ignorance, but I want to care about the things that God cares about, and be intentional about it. And this year with Breathe, He has put me in a place to do just that.