“Be patient then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the Lord to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm because the Lord’s coming is near.” (James 5:7, NIV)
God is teaching me so much during this trip; things that are unexpected, though very valuable. In the every day and the mundane, God is reminding me that I am in Kenya for and because of Him and any other reason is secondary. He is teaching me patience with forming relationships and to let go of the small things, because no matter what happens, He is there for me.
As I let go of the importance of making an impact, He is blessing my relationships and showing me the valuable crop that is being yielded. Yesterday, my team waited till midnight to surprise me with a birthday cake! I had no idea and was in-no-way expecting the heartfelt gesture! It showed me the depth of how much my team cared and even the effort that they would go to make my birthday a special one in a foreign country.
Another moment that God blessed was when I was having a conversation with one of the Africa Hope staff members. Throughout the first few weeks we had been talking of our loved ones and braiding each other’s hair. In one of our most recent conversations, she called me one of her best friends and said that she wished she could visit me in the states. I was surprised by her words, because I had not attached too much significance to the conversations we had been having at the time.
In many ways, this is like how building relationships are. Not until the right moment is it revealed the impact that you have on people or how much they care for you. It may be months or even years until relationships blossom to their full potential and, until then, God reminds you that it is his love that sustains you. God is not someone you go to as a last resort, but he is your main confidant and the only one that truly understands the depths of your heart. In 1 Corinthians 1:9, Paul writes “’What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ the things God has prepared for those who love him-”. In many ways, the surprises of God are so much more than the greatest schemes of man and he is only able to plan these surprises because he knows us.