I just woke up to my last morning inEthiopia. After spending 3 months here, Africa has left an indelible print on my heart. Africa has taught me a lot in the last 3 months.
Africa has taught me patience. Everything here happens at its own pace. You can’t rush things. And if you are running late, NO BIG DEAL! (I hope I remember this lesson.)
Africa has given me a new appreciation for missionaries. How selfless to give up your family, your friends, your entire life and move to a foreign place to serve the Lord. I don’t think I could do it!
Africa has reminded me to be thankful everyday. How often we focus on what we do NOT have…a new car, a new house, the latest fashion, free time. The people here do NOT have….running water, 3 meals a day, heat during the cold nights, medical care.
Africa has taught me a dependence on God that I have never had to find before. Only He could provide what I needed. Only He could be my All In All.
Africa has taught me how to pray. Deeply. Fervently. Unendingly. Every morning here when I open my eyes, my first thoughts are prayers. I beg God to give me what I need to face this day. And He does.
And today, as we close this chapter in our lives, I am grateful. Yes, these last 3 months have been harder than I ever anticipated. Yes, the road was long and the mountains were high. Yes, we head home now to face the most challenging battle we have yet had to face – the battle for our children. But through it all, God has been faithful. He loves me. He provides for me. He carries me.
Yesterday in church, our last church service here in Ethiopia, we sang this familiar song. And the words resonated in my heart….
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
Your grace has brought me safe thus far
Your grace shall lead me home.
Yes, we have already come through many dangers, toils and snares. God has brought us through. And God will lead us through the next chapter in our life – the one that will undoubtedly be filled with many challenges.
God’s grace will lead us home.