Its been nearly two weeks since our feet set back onto Canadian soil; Africa seems a bit like a jet lag induced dream sequence.
People keep asking me if the experience in Kenya was ‘life changing’. In all honesty I can answer no it wasn’t.
No. Life is the same. The dishes pile up. The children didn’t even last a week back to school before they were infected with the 7000th virus since September. There are bills to pay. The water pipes freeze. I’m dreadfully behind at work. The parking police finally caught up with me (I like to live on the edge).
Life is still life, replete with the daily grind and mediocrity that tends to overpower if we are not careful. If we allow our thinking to be ruled by only the immediacy of what is before us. If gratitude becomes less than our driving force when we are face down in front of gift giver. When worship becomes a Sunday activity as opposed to a way of life.
Despite all that, my eyes have changed. When my pipes freeze? I remember the 364 days of the year when the water is pumped from my very own well, into my hot water tank, and into my sink to run over my dirty dishes from making my kids too much food.
I am thankful not for the material though, more than ever I am convinced that it is often the material that blocks our God communion, our joy. Our experience with the extraordinary people we met through our trip with World Vision reminded us how little our bliss has to do with what is before us and how much it has to do with what is within us, what is beyond us. How setting my heart right, on the things unseen helps to make my eyes see clearer, truer. Makes Joy shine in the darkest of days, makes Hope rise in the most unexpected of places.
Thankful today for:
663) Treehouse picnics.
664) A story about Mangoes and Coconuts fighting aliens, falling in love, living on an island and having baby mango-nuts. By Owen and Emily Feddersen. The memories I hope to rock my chair to when I am old…
665) A beautiful read.
666) New journal day…delayed but always my delight.
667) “Big family snuggles”
668) A lovely ski yesterday. Thanks Suzy!
669) Lots of extra love from little people.
670) Girls night out
671) Too much work…but work that I love.
672) Beautiful, snowy days.
673) A long hot bath on a Sunday afternoon.
674) This man of mine…having spent our first month EVER completely together…How much I just plain LIKE him.
675) A first successful board game with both the kids
676) A slower week ahead…