My morning in Kenya – Beginning the Journey

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3

Apparently I am taking this verse very seriously today because I am wide-awake at 4 am unable to sleep any longer. My jet-lagged body hasn’t adjusted to the time zone of Kenya yet and my mind hasn’t let go of the thousands of details racing around of the work I left at home.  My girls are finishing school, and my emails continue to come in for my job regarding the abundance of trips we are planning for groups traveling with Compassion this summer.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to let go of those things I have left behind, to be present with what is in store for me today.

God gives us the time to do what we are supposed to do.

God’s timing is perfect.

It’s dark outside, and still quiet on the streets of Nairobi. I can’t believe I am here.

What will this day hold? I am with 17 other people, heading to a Child Survival Program today. Moms and Babies will greet us. I can’t wait to see their sweet faces and hear their singing and dancing in the Kenyan way.

And I lay my request before God…..

“Oh Lord, let me be present because you are present.  Let me see you in a new way today. Let my group see your beauty through the moms and babies we meet, let us be a blessing to others, and most of all, let this trip change us all forever. God, you are so good and your mercies are new every morning. Help me let go of those things that distract me, and help me soak in your presence.”

I wait in expectation now and it’s time to go to my knees, to humble myself before the God that gives me life and opportunities like this.  It’s time to commune with God in this early morning (now it’s 5:30 am). I am excited to be here, but I want this day to be all about Him, all about what He has done and what He is going to do.

The other night at church, the sweetest elderly lady prayed for Stephen and I (she even had a little pink flower pinned in her hair which made her even more adorable). In her quivering voice, she prayed for our trips and she said something like this.

“Lord, bless this young couple (I liked that part).  Be with them as they travel, give them wisdom, but most of all God, remind them always that you are coming back soon.”

Details and business can sometimes get in our way of seeing what God wants us to learn in the present. Details and business can often distract us. I don’t want to be too detailed and too busy on this trip that I miss what God has for me.  He wants me in the present, and to be in His presence.

When I see the poorest of the poor dancing with joy today, I will remember.  Jesus is coming back soon.  I wait in expectation.

I look forward to Day 1 in Kenya and I promise to take pictures. Thanks for praying for my journey!

Love to you all- Patricia

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