Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bitter Sweet

The 20 hour flight across the Atlantic is now just a blur. We've been home for over a week enjoying spending time with wonderful friends and family.

In some ways it feels like so long ago and in other ways it feels like yesterday that I was sitting on my bathroom floor trying to decide what I would need during 6 months in Africa. These decisions were much more difficult than one would think. But, didn't take long in rural Africa to realize I didn't even "need" most of the things I decided to take.

As I reflect on my time in Africa, I'm so humbled by the power of the Holy Spirit. He continually kept us safe and provided a constant sense of security in dangerous times and places. I met some of the most wonderful people from all over the world who have impacted my life forever. I must say the Lord truly blessed us during all of our travels. In total we flew on 14 flights, all of which went smoothly with only minor delays and most importantly no luggage overage charges.

Being at home my prayer is that I will cling to the simplicity of life that Africa reveals. It doesn't take long to come back to the 'west' and get caught up in the materialism and fast paced life style. I'm so thankful to have experienced first hand how different life is in developing countries. It's always so amazing to see how happy people are who have so little.

Now my struggle is with what is next...after all I've seen and experienced, how do i know what's next? where does God want me? where do i want to be? I think these are questions that continually pop up in life. We have to be still and listen to His gentle guidance and we'll be exactly where he wants us.

I came across this quote today, which speaks so much truth.
“You go nowhere by accident.
Wherever you go, God is sending you.
Wherever you are, God has put you there.
Christ, who dwells in you has something
He wants you to do through where you are.
Believe this and go in His grace, love, and power.”
Robert Halverson

3 comments:

Brooke, Adam and Brody Willis said...

love that quote...

Heath said...

yall are awesome and have two of the most beautiful hearts i have ever seen!! I miss you dearly. Can't wait for a reunion with my wadada!!!!

Mutuma said...

I was just an SM in TZ too!!!
I was at Kibidula in Iringa region.
love to chat sometime, (especially in swahili) didn't know there were others there too. Mungu Akubariki, Lucas
ihavebeencalled.blogspot.com
(blog almost up)