I have officially been back for 24 hours. I feel like a resident alien. Today has been difficult immersing myself back into the swing of things. I admitted on my twitter: I might need to start a Haiti recovery group because the re-entry into reality is tough. The question that has been on my mind all day is:
How do I process the 5 days in Haiti?
I have been told the mind, heart, and soul works in three stages:
Saturate- Fully immersing yourself into a new experience and environment.
Incubate- To process, unfold, contemplate, uncover, discover….Essentially to have a divine revelation.
Illuminate– To turn your divine revelation into true transformation that sticks with actionable steps.
I was in Haiti for 5 days and I encountered and experienced a lot of new stuff. These encounters and experiences have literally saturated my mind and heart. During the trip, I had to rush my incubation and contemplation speed because our trip was quick. So I never really had time to fully process and develop my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Also I had to quickly move from incubate to illuminate because I was blogging and reflecting with others at night time. I had to short circuit my incubator because there was no time to think.
I have never been on a short term mission trip and,to top it off, I have never been in a natural disaster situation. These two new realities will need time to process.
The beauty about time is that it allows me to saturate my mind with context, so I can incubate and recognize patterns that produce the “aha” (aka divine revelation) moments. The goal would be to move from divine revelation and insights to form into actionable steps.
Bottom line: I need some time to “incubate”.
I ask you to give me (REYouthPastor) a little time before I start blogging again. This Haiti trip really jammed me up. I need to uncork and allow God to speak to me.
View my Haiti photos on Facebook:
Also if you like video, Tim Schmoyer has videos for everyday in Haiti.