Living with Open Eyes

“Will you embrace justice?” That was the question that the Lord asked me one winter morning in 2010. Over night, my daily news feeds started to blow up with natural disasters, war, and poverty…so it seemed. I started to notice the “quartet of the vulnerable” in the scriptures: orphans, widows, immigrants and the poor.

The more I contemplated the question, the more I started to see.

A few days later, JoAnna and I were checking out at Wal-Mart when I noticed the name on my cashier’s badge.   Before I even knew it, we were talking about her family in Indonesia and the devastating effects of the 2004 Tsunami. We fought back the tears as we smiled and walked away to our car. As I opened the door I was drawn to the Newspaper that had blown up against my tire. It was an underground newspaper from MS (where my wife and I are from) with a picture that was too graphic to discuss here. The headline read, “We Must Have Justice.” We drove home in silence like we had been hijacked by something larger than a coincidence.

A few weeks later, I boarded my first plane to Haiti, responding to the 2010 earthquake. I love to meet strangers, so I was quick to strike up a conversation with the lady next to me. She asked me why I was going to Haiti and before I could even filter my words, I explained my newborn passion for justice. I told her that I was a pastor and that I was exploring what it means to “embrace justice.” She smiled as she handed me her business card, which was stamped, “US Department of Justice.” You can’t make this stuff up!

I am learning that when the Lord asks you a question, it’s not that he doesn’t know the answer. He is just inviting us into the recesses of His heart. I’m not trying to figure it all out these days, I am just learning to listen to His questions and live with my eyes open.