"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them." Hebrews 6:10
As we get closer and closer to Christmas, our "to-do" list often expands from busy to ridiculous, and we get more and more exhausted. Some days, it seems like we'll never get everything accomplished. One of our experienced volunteers, Jessi Stitt, shared about an exhausting day during this year's well season.
"On the last day of team one, my Field Officer told me that by 2 pm, no matter how many wells we had installed, we would be headed back to the hotel so we could prepare to leave the next morning. We hoped to install 9 wells. 2:45 came and went -- we'd been to seven well sites and I thought we were finished.
"But the last 2 are close together, so we'll do those." I wilted as my Field Officer pressed onward. I didn't say anything, but oh, how I wanted to sit and not go on. But we were changing lives and bringing water to those who need it. What is my tiredness compared to the 200 people who would get clean water? I could do this.
"And those last two wells were exactly what I needed. The number of people waiting for us, ready for the installations and dedications, with their energy, smiles and excitement, revived me. I bounced and played, splashed and hugged."
Much like our well volunteers experience each year, helping others in need isn't a burden, but an opportunity for renewing our faith, for bolstering our strength. God gives us what we need to keep going, even when we feel like we've reached our limits! We hope you'll find some time in the busy seasons of Advent & Christmas to look outward, to search for some of God's children who need your love and service; it will renew your energy.
This Feel Good Friday story was based on an blog written by Jessi Stitt, a veteran of five Marion Medical Mission trips