Prerogative Fall 2020 - Page 22

Postcards From Whitney Browning Three years ago I found my feet standing on a dusty road on top of Spain’s mountains. Looking out, the view was spectacular. The rising hills in the distance that surrounded our team beckoned a memory of home in West Virginia, but the lesson I was learning was far different than anything I had learned up to that point. Yet, that lesson has come back in increased intensity over the last few months as I’ve watched leaders from around the world meet the needs in their communities. The lesson? Look up. It’s easy to hop on an airplane, gaze out the window and look out over all the land, the sea, the clouds, and the expanse of the sky. It’s even easy to adventure through a new country and look out at the geographical grandeur, the rich culture, and all the exciting unknowns just waiting to be discovered. Sometimes, however, what proves to be more challenging is simply looking up instead of looking out. Sometimes, instead of taking in everything all at once, while good to do, I’ve had to learn to simply focus in and see what’s directly in front of me. Recently, looking out at present circumstances can prove overwhelming. So, this season is teaching me, and I hope to share with you, to look up. Look up to the One who holds tomorrow, and let Him teach us all how to look up at those around us. In the midst of current events and COVID-19 clearing my schedule of most travel, especially internationally, this lesson has brought me to a posture of intentionality in the place my feet are planted. Meaning, when driving down the road and seeing a neighbor pass out in her driveway, I’ve had to learn to look up, see the need, and act. Biblically, I’m reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 where a man is beaten, battered, and bruised. Those who know what they should do, perhaps, theorize the proper response, but don’t act. Only one man does, and it’s the Good Samaritan who chose to look up. Around the world, as fear, hunger, and need have filled the lives of many; people are being moved to action. I’ve now eagerly watched for months, and served as requested, as reports are shared from national leaders and missionaries on the ground in different countries where the organization I’m affiliated with, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC), has been working to meet the needs. Bryan Nix, director of People to People, the humanitarian arm of the IPHC reported that over 60 countries have received requested aid up to this point. The need the church is filling, however, is one beyond that of physical relief. “The needs of people haven’t changed, but the needs have been exacerbated by 20 Prerogative Magazine