I’m repeatedly blown away by how The Lord can use a sinner like me to exalt Himself. Yesterday, I had an interview and I prayed God would use the interview to glorify Himself. I knew I would have one hour with the interview committee, and in that time I wanted the light of Christ to shine, even at the expense of getting the job. Part of the interview included giving a 10 minute presentation about what I wanted to tackle the first 90 days on the job. If hired, my purpose would be to market sustainability. Earlier this week, I decided to begin my presentation with an image from Haiti and sharing how that experience reformed my view of sustainability.
God designed Haiti to be a rainforest, but due to deforestation it’s become a wasteland of dead grass, treeless plains and rocky soil. I attribute this sad reality to sin. God gave us dominion over the earth, but when sin entered the world, perfect peace was disrupted and we’ve since failed to steward what’s been given to us well. The eight days I spent in this incredibly broken, yet beautiful country opened my eyes to the importance of sustainable living. That’s one of things I love most about Mission of Hope Haiti. Their vision isn’t short term. They use Christ’s method of discipleship to equip Haitians in Christian leadership and sustainable practices that will impact Haiti for decades. During my presentation, I shared my experiences in Haiti with the committee and they were enamored with my willingness to serve. Question after question was asked about why I went, what I did and how I would promote sustainability internationally. For those of you who know me, I light up when given the opportunity to talk about Haiti. In a mere eight days of my 22 years of existence God changed my heart in so many ways. There’s not a morning I don’t think about the sun rising over the Haitian mountains at the dawn of a new day full of new mercies. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the 30 minutes I spent playing frisbee with a 6-year-old boy whose stolen my heart. I can only praise God for giving me the courage and peace to clearly share the heart He’s transformed from the inside out.
There’s a chance I may have spent hours preparing for this interview and won’t get hired. Honestly, the outcome doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that for the one hour I was given, the Lord graciously answered my prayers and exalted Himself. I’m awestruck by His goodness.