In the Quiet

The town is quiet. While I partly expected an uproar over the weekend, little was heard. No more gathering crowds. No more roadblocks. No more shooting. No more burning. No more victims through the hospital doors. Answered prayers.

Saturday morning, I met with the Furrow family, biking around the compound path. We headed out onto the main road for a snack at “Cafeteria L’Aviation” only to discover a firmly shut door — the restaurant closed. While the center market is also vacant, stalls having been evacuated, there resumes the activity of sales on the peripherals– people continuing their livelihood to get through the next days, weeks, months…their life.

The Furrows
Cafeteria L’aviation is closed

I stopped by the seamstress’s workplace, where she had once more taken her place, sewing quietly and quickly, at what appeared to be a table runner. “I am sorry”, she apologized, “I haven’t finished…because of the “war””. I understood, and told her there was no hurry.

An empty market

The question of suffering and injustice daily demands answers, in a city with physical and spiritual poverty, violence, and inflicted with more diseases than caregivers. I appreciate Amy Carmichael’s statement, on questioning the will of God through suffering:

“The honest heart cannot be content with platitudes. ‘An enemy hath done this’ is a word that reaches far and touches more than tares. If an enemy has done it, how can it be called the will of God? We do not know the answer to that question now. But we have sidelights upon it, such as the vision in Revelation: They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (victory through apparent defeat)….And as we rest our hearts upon what we know (the certainty of the ultimate triumph of good), leaving what we do not know to the Love that has led us all our life long, the peace of God enters into us and abides.”

Thus, with the promises of God in our minds, the peace of God in our hearts, and His presence beside us, we continue to work in an area where the word of our example and testimony will shine into the dark corners of the hospital and city, bringing the light of Him who has already overcome. “Not by might, nor by power, but by [His] Spirit…For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him…we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Zechariah 4:6; Psalm 22:24; Psalm 20:7.

Thank you for praying.