The Starfish Story

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy
picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up
and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach
and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said,

“I made a difference for that one.”

Several years ago, while vacationing with friends, I went to Cozumel
and visited ancient ruins, enjoyed local cuisine,
and snorkeled along coral reefs.

After going to Haiti for a second mission trip,
I realized starfish had, once again,
made their way into my photo albums.

The mission team and I spent two afternoons at private beach
resorts enjoying the sand, surf, and sun near Leveque,
where we lived and worked clearing earthquake rubble
and rebuilding the community’s Methodist church.

At one particular beach, the water was exceptionally clear.
Once again, I was living, working, and playing in
God’s playground … among His “starry” creations!

And, there was this little guy:
a baby starfish.

I know I cannot save the situation in Haiti all by myself, but I know I made a difference while I was there. Even more important are the “starfish” who made a difference to me. They have blessed me much more than I could have blessed them.

our cook, MADAM MONTAS

Pouring rain couldn’t stop the
(me, Mr. A, and Ms. L)
from enjoying a Haitian sunset


I want to live every day of my life with the bright-eye wonder of yours.

SUNGLASSES were meant to be shared and pink bandanas worn.

HUGS need no interpretation.
There are no language barriers.

a real Haitian tap-tap driver

construction site worker, diehard “futbol” fan, and devoted father

Who are the STARFISH in your life?

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  1. Jacquelyn October 26, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I MISS YA WOMAN!!!! And your right-on-time insiights. I have to say, this post made me tear up….I hope you realize the amazing person you are!! I knew it 5 years ago…and you continue to make everyone around you better just by being you. Give a big hug and relay a huge Thank You to you Mom & Dad for having such an amazing daughter!

    • Nicole October 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Jacquelyn, you’ve made my day. As always. I’m only as amazing as the people around me, including yourself. I miss you terribly, think of you often, and send lots of hugs to you and the family. =)

  2. Celeste Zachry October 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    This made me cry. Thank you for being a starfish on this earth.

    • Nicole October 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Awwww, bless you. =) Thank YOU for being a starfish too. =)


  3. hollihd October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    What an AWESOME post!!! Nicole you’re so amazing. You captured the trip and shared the sweetest sentiments with us. I love the starfish story and its so cool that you saw some there.
    When i was a kid in junior high living in California, my friend and i used to find them and stick them on our shirts to wear them for the day. Looking back it probably seemed mean to do that but it wasnt meant to be. We always laid them back in the water.
    I respect them now more than ever.

    • Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Hey Holli!!!!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this story and the pictures, my trip to Haiti was amazing and fulfilling in so many ways. I’m definitely blessed. I’m also looking forward to our next bloggers’ event, so excited to see you!

      Big hugs,

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