I am sitting in my hotel room in the mid afternoon in Nairobi. A week ago, I had no idea I would be here.Last Friday, I got a call from my boss asking if I would be willing to help out with a group from Norway because the trip leader (CEO of Compassion Norway), had and urgent need to get back home. On Monday, I boarded a plane, and here I am with a Norwegian group of musicians and artists in Kenya. They have been a kick to be with!
However, my life has been crazy lately, so coming to Kenya was one more thing to add to the list. My home hasn’t normalized since Julia left for college. We have had a Leadership Development graduate living with us for the last couple of weeks, and our schedules have been packed. My family hasn’t found the new norm since kissing our oldest goodbye,so my head has been filled with a pile of thoughts and feelings that I haven’t really been able to deal with.
Today is the first day in probably two weeks where I actually have had more than an hour or two to sit quietly and reflect on life. Everyday, for the last couple weeks, I have felt rushed, as it has seemed like their is too much to do and too little time. It’s almost like I am watching life rather than living life. I was reminded by Ann Voskamp last week, that the devil loves to steal our joy by keeping us busy.
Now, outside my window, the sun is shining, and the gardens below are beautiful. The trees are blooming with purple flowers and palm trees are swaying in the wind. I read my bible, I looked at pictures from the Child Survival Program we visited yesterday. I spent some time praying today and thought about all the things that have happened in my life recently. I feel like I am in the present again rather than anxiously thinking about the future. It took going to Africa to slow me down. I even got to go on a safari the other day and visit an baby elephant orphanage today. What a gift.
God’s timing is perfect and His gifts are good.
After Kenya, I head to Ethiopia and Uganda, so I am going to be away from home for a while. It’s not easy to leave Steve and the girls, especially since we just got through a huge transition in life. But I must trust in God’s timing, and possibly the lesson I am to learn is to slow down, because I can’t do a whole lot of email from Africa, and I can’t pack in a million things in a day when my job is to look into the eyes of these children and tell them they are loved. God wants me present right where I am at.
So, I am on a journey through East Africa, and I look forward to seeing what God has for me to see in these next couple of weeks.
I will try to keep you all updated as I have time, but I would covet your prayers for this trip and for my family as I am away from home.
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