Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:46

Are You Living a Messy (Me’si) Life?

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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John 16:33: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”


In late August, I made an eye-opening trip to Haiti.  It was a work mission trip to find land where my church, Frazer UMC, will help build a mission village offering families a place to stay and enjoy Haiti while reaching out and sharing God’s love through mission work.  We accomplished our goal while God certainly accomplished His.


As my eyes fell on the poverty in the streets surrounding the airport in Port Au Prince, and really as far as I could see, I thought, “Nothing can fix this.” And to be quite honest I also thought, “What are we doing here, thinking we can invest a substantial amount of money and change all of this?”


Trust me, God answered all of those questions and revealed in more ways than one that He is the “fixer” of all things and the results are not in our hands, but His.  Even though there is poverty as far as the eye can see, there is also tremendous beauty in Haiti—not only in the lush landscape and deep blue water, but also in the people.  They live a messy life in the eyes of the world, but a truly me’si life in the eyes of God. 


Me’si is the one creole word I came back with from Haiti.  It means “thanks” or “thank you.”  I said it many times while I was there, and heard it said back to me more times than I could count.  I saw it lived out in worship during a concert in Haiti’s National Soccer Stadium with Chris Tomlin on stage.  There were thousands of Haitians worshiping with hands in the air singing every word in English—“Greater things are yet to come to this city…” and “How Great is our God!” — all while many of them knowing they would have nothing to eat that very night.  I saw the word “me’si” in the eyes of the children living in orphanages, many experiencing what love truly means for the first time.  And the very day I arrived home from Haiti my daily devotional in “Jesus Calling” began with, “Trust me in the midst of a messy day.”  Okay, I hear you God.


Yes life is messy, yes we have many trials and sorrows, “but take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  So have a me’si heart in the midst of a messy life. 



Philippians 4:12:“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”



The people of Haiti have so little and yet many of them have hearts filled with peace. On the outside it’s a mess in our eyes, on the inside complete order.  Not for all of course and that’s part of why the work must continue.  Voodoo worship is widespread and for many Haitians, it’s all they’ve known.  They spend all they have on honoring the dead because they’ve been taught if they don’t, the dead will come back to haunt them.  They don’t know how to truly love as a family so they often turn children into slaves.  So throughout Haiti, you find what I like to call pockets of hope.  Ministries where people are committed to doing the work before them today, while leaving the results to God.  This is not a place for the average believer. Unless God chooses to move in a mighty way tomorrow—it’s safe to say we won’t see the results of a changed culture in our lifetime, nor will my daughter or her children, but we do the work because we are the hands and feet of Christ.


On my flight home, I met a man from Port Au Prince, a doctor who had returned home for the funeral of a friend.  He lives in Philadelphia now and I asked if he ever wanted to live in Haiti again.  His answer was an immediate, “Oh yes, I want to give back, that has been my plan all along, to go back and help my people.” He made his way out of what we would call a messy situation and now he wants to say “me’si” to those he calls family, to a land he calls home. 


When what is before you looks overwhelming, as if you can’t make a difference, thank God for allowing you to do His work and trust the results are in His hands.



Dear God, we love you so.  You are the great I Am, you are Sovereign and, yes, you have overcome the world.  Thank you for allowing and equipping us to be your hands and feet.  May we do the work before us each day, allowing you to move in a mighty way, and trusting the end result comes only in your timing.  We need your strength and vision for every new day you allow us to live.  In the name of your precious son, our mighty savior, we pray, Amen.




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