Jose and I met with a psychologist this morning. We wanted to talk about how to deal with what has happened in Haiti and how it’s affected our family, the staff, and the Haitians. I won’t go into a lot of details but did find some comfort in talking to him.
There was something that he said that really stuck out to me. I have reflected on it throughout today. I told him that I feel like I should be doing more. I have employees share their heart with me, random refugees show up at my door, and friends who are completely devastated. I feel like I have nothing to offer them. There has to be more for me to do.
He asked me when they come to me crying – what do I do? I told him I normally hug them, sit beside them and hold their hand, etc.
He told me that as Christians we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. That we are living-breathing vessels that carry Christ where-ever we go. When we offer ourselves up to simply listen or hold someone when they cry – in that moment we are temporary assistants of the Holy Spirit. We are “literally” being Jesus’s arms and His hands. Do we ever stop to realize what that really means?
So often times we discount what we can do. I’m not a doctor – I can’t go to Haiti. I’ve never worked in construction – I can’t rebuild what has happened there. We all come up with excuses and feel like we can’t make a difference. I talked to a woman yesterday and she broke down and cried right in front of me. She told me she feels so useless – how could she help someone in Haiti?
Do you know what God needs us to be the most? He needs us to be His assistant. We each have the ability to be God’s personal assistant every day. Let me say that again. We each have the privilege to be God’s personal assistant – HIS assistant – every day.
For the last several months I’ve worked with Janeil as his personal assistant (among other things). I try to help him tackle many of the tasks that are thrown at him daily. You wouldn’t believe how much his phone rings or the emails that never stop coming. I take this role seriously and I make a point each day to do my best on his behalf.
Until today I never thought about what that means to be the Assistant to the Holy Spirit. Is it not our job to help tackle the many tasks that are thrown at Him each day? Should we not be doing our best to make our Ultimate Authority look good? Should we not be reflecting Him in all we do and fill in the gaps that God has laid before us?
I don’t know. I have thought about it all day long. I feel like it was God’s way of telling me that I don’t have to be a doctor or a surgeon. I don’t have to be an engineer or architect. He actually has a much more important role for me to play. He needs me to be His personal assistant. He needs me to attend to His daily tasks. He needs me to represent His hands, His arms, His ears, His feet, and His face. I don’t know of any other title or job description that can be beat – Personal Assistant to the Holy Spirit.
No more excuses. We all have a job that has been clearly laid out before us…….
Categories: NW_Personal Ministry Update, Personal Stories
Thank you for sharing. I’m one of those folks who struggles with knowing what talent I might be able to offer Haiti in this time of tragedy. Being a Personal Assistant to the Holy Spirit sure changes my thinking.
FYI.. the previous comment was posted by Margaret Reyna.
Oh my goodness Margaret….I can envision your heart doing all sorts of amazing things in Haiti! How about praying about joining our August team! ;*)
It is Sunday morning and when I finished my quiet time, I popped over to your blog. Your words of being a personal assistant soothed my aching heart and quieted the restlessness I have felt since January 12. I have wished I had “frontline” medical training so I could have stitched and bandaged and done something more than shed tears as I read news stories and blogs. Bless you Jodie, your ministry, and your family. You daily bring comfort and light to those you serve in Haiti, your children and your stateside friends. I look forward to the day that I can return to Haiti and provide service there in whatever form God has for me.
As I just read this post, I immediately thought of a Casting Crowns song we sang in worship this morning……………………..
May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign Your name to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You.
I know this is what you and Jose do EVERYday! God bless you!
I am a doctor and have never been to Haiti, however, we will be there with you all in April. I feel overwhelmed and I am not even there. I weep with the photographs of suffering and just wonder what will come to me for care and comfort. Your post regarding God’s personal assistant is very comforting and something I had not thought of in that way. Thank you..