Heather Smith was a member of the Show Hope student trip to China last month. Below, she shares her reflections on this life-changing trip and what she learned from the experience. Click here to learn more about Show Hope’s student trips to China and Haiti!
As I held the beautiful children who live at Maria’s Big House of Hope, I loved finding out what would make them giggle! I couldn’t help but smile as I stood watching one spunky little boy swaddle and unswaddle his baby doll. I know that in God’s perfect plan, he did not create too many children and not enough families. But as we live with this brokenness, we rest in the fact that our God is near to us. In Psalm 34:18, our Heavenly Father promises us that he is near to the brokenhearted and that he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.
“I am anointed by the Sovereign Lord, to proclaim good news to the poor and comfort the brokenhearted.” (Isaiah 61:1) I know that the Lord delights in using his people to fulfill his promises and carry out his plans, but this rang true in a whole new way on this trip. As I sat rubbing backs, holding hands, and rocking babies, I remembered this verse and realized that God was allowing me to join in on some of his most intimate work, ultimately fulfilling his promise to be near to them. How amazing that we get to be part of God’s work!
The Lord has been so gracious in healing me and sanctifying me, but the fact of the matter is that until his Kingdom meets Earth, I will still be broken. At first, this was a harsh realization, but the Lord is good and faithful and sovereign. As I walked the halls of Maria’s Big House of Hope, I prayed that I would not overlook the brokenness or deny it, but that I would acknowledge it as well as rejoice in the fact that I can serve these precious children and show them the love of Christ.
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ though it is too great to understand.” (Ephesians 3:18)
With a full, broken, and humbled heart,
Heather Smith (June 2014 Student Trip to China)