Preparing 4 His Kingdom


Encouragement from Erica Lerisse


March 16, 2024

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

When we lived in Haiti there were long seasons of having no electricity.  Our house was made of cinder blocks and all day those blocks absorbed the heat and at night all that heat was released.  We had no electricity so there were no fans and no relief.  Every night we made our beds outside on the veranda.  We wrapped the babies’ cribs in mosquito nets and enjoyed the breeze as we fretted over thieves….I did not sleep many nights during that time, the anxiety of being outside all night kept me awake and watching.  The voodoo drums next door kept me praying.

In another house we had no power for almost an entire year.  We could not sleep outside so we slept on the tile floor in front of the opened door willing a breeze to blow….the mosquitoes, the heat…

Our church people rarely, if ever sleep under the comfort of fan and most definitely never under the luxury of an air conditioner.

It is usually only when the power is out and we become uncomfortable that we realize how valuable that air conditioner is when it is time for bed.  We then complain about the heat.  We find someone to blame, we find someone to nag until they make things comfortable again.

Having an air conditioner is not a right, nor is having electricity.  But it is a gift for which to give thanks to a generous Father.  Every time you walk into an air conditioned room use that comfort, that relief as a prompt to offer up thanksgivings to God.