A few weeks after being home …


 They say traveling brings out the BEST and the worst. I ponder this familiar statement and read after my evening shift tonight “may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV).

 I have heard many times of God boldly saying time and time again in my past, “the BEST is yet to come!” So, with little faith and a smudge of doubt I mumbled a prayer, “I choose to receive only the BEST oh Lord.” 

 The best did come…

 The BEST exhibited itself by exploring Haitian culture, deepening new friendships with the team as well as the beautiful Haitians, rekindling a deeper connection with God, discovering the beautiful vegetation and landscape, and looking up at the stars at night from a rooftop.

 Sometimes the BEST requires patience and a willingness to wait. Furthermore, the BEST requires perseverance and hope for what cannot be seen or even touched. In addition, the BEST requires an eagerness to receive what your Heavenly Father has already provided in advance for you to simply experience. 

 Truthfully, the BEST might not be what you envisioned or anticipated or even expected. As a result, the best ironically endures a point of completion and a verbalized goodbye.  The old saying states, “every good thing comes to an end.” But, I’d like to add that the best always ends so another beautiful piece of life can be explored and experienced. 

So, I’ve returned home and frequently been asked, “how was Haiti?” I cannot help, yet glow and respond with a single response, the BEST!”  I am realizing the power of declaring the best upon the days and weeks before me and especially on those whom I love. Furthermore, when I don’t understand certain pieces of life, it is actually an opportunity to humbly ask God, “please reveal only the best…” For sometimes His best is discovered in seasons of waiting; endured in transitions with such perseverance; and simply accepted with mere awe and wonder because it’s right before you! 

 In the process of unpacking the contents of my suitcase when we came back, I realized that overflow comes from a point of believing and declaring the best!  I re-read the passage and began to declare the best in a place of overflow. So, “may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV).

 Will you join me in declaring the best?

Richelle Howard

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