We Resonate with Pain
By Olivia Manicelli
Tucked away in the mountains of Oaxaca, there is a house. This house is so much more than where people simply live, but it is a place of healing, a place of restoration, and a picture of God’s hand amidst suffering. The kids who live in this home aren’t just there because of poverty, but because of really broken family situations. Many kids come to the house from abusive homes, while others live there while their parents are in prison or recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
This trip to Oaxaca opened my eyes to the depravity of this world. It was obvious to me that these kids were hungry for attention, just wanting someone to look at them and tell them that they are wanted and loved. I had a conversation with a little girl who was completely fascinated with the fact that I had a dresser with drawers all to myself. I had a six year old sit me in a hammock and tell me her life story that brought me to tears.
This made me realize something very important. I think we can all resonate with pain. Maybe not to the extreme that these kids have experienced, but we’ve all lost someone, or struggled financially. We’ve all been at that point in our lives when it feels like the mountain we are facing cannot be moved. But times like those are often a gift, not punishment. God is able to make beautiful things out of dust.
And when God transforms our lives, when He reaches into those broken places of our hearts, he is able to replace the broken pieces, with something beautiful, something lasting. This is why the boys and girls at this home heal, this is why they can raise their hands in worship and this is the reason that the home even exists in the first place.
I would encourage everyone to go out, don’t just keep this good news to yourselves. Go to your neighbors, schools, and workplaces and love them with the love that is overflowing. You don’t need to be a pastor or a missionary, you just need to be who God created you to be.
And if you ever find yourselves at the home in Oaxaca, be careful, your heart just might be stolen!