Life Events and Challenges
A few weeks before falling sick, it was a Sunday morning and we were driving to church when we were rear ended by a motorbike. This type of situation can quickly escalate into a mob scene so we have been instructed to not stop at the scene. Grateful that no one was seriously injured and our vehicle only had minor scrapes we reported the incident to the local police department.
Shortly after we arrived in Kenya we started the process of applying for our work visa through the Kenyan Government. We were told that it should take about 6 months to complete if all goes well. However, when we followed up we were told that there was corruption within the Immigration Department and we would have to start the process all over again. This means an extra expense of traveling 7 hours to Nairobi and staying in a guest house to file our paperwork and have pictures taken. Ten months later, Deb’s work permit was issued, however, we found out that Bob’s is lost and we are told that someone is assigned to find out what the status is.
Burden or Bridge?
Recently I was listening to a Pastor speak on a radio program about adversity and he said “Do you see adversity as a burden or a bridge?” I must admit that I have been looking at the things that have been happening in our lives as burdens rather than a bridge which leads us closer to God. It’s our choice on how we respond. This made me begin to reevaluate how I was looking at our recent challenges.
As we were preparing to come to serve in Kenya I met with my sister’s good friend who served in Tanzania for 2 years. She shared some of the wisdom she had from living in Africa. We laughed and even cried a bit. I took serious notes on the things she shared. She spoke about how God worked in her life while she was there. Then she looked me straight in the eye and very seriously asked me “Is He Enough”. I wasn’t quite sure what to say to that. She shared with me that her mentor said that to her before she left on her mission. After we went our separate ways my mind kept thinking about what she said “Is He Enough”?
A few weeks later I was sorting through some paperwork that I had saved when I came across a devotion that I printed in 2009, the year I took my first mission trip to Kenya. As I looked at the title I couldn’t believe my eyes --“He Is Enough”! Anybody that knows me well knows that I don’t hold onto too many things. Yet I had chosen to keep this devotion for 6 years. It spoke of how we can be overwhelmed by life and filled with hopelessness, depression or despair. However, whatever our circumstances, Jesus is present with His love, compassion and grace and He will carry us safely through it.
I continue to be amazed at God and how He works in our lives. I know that He doesn’t keep us from trials but he helps us get through them. Now, one year later as I think about that day sitting with our friend in the small café in Minnesota asking me the question “Is He enough?” I understand why I wasn’t able to answer the question. I was never in a position that God was all I had. I was able to rely on family, friends, my own knowledge and self sufficiency. But living in a new culture where everything is new and foreign you find yourself relying on God like never before and truly knowing He Is Enough.
My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus. CEB