I know that we’ve been here 5 months and that maybe I should be used to it by now but, I am daily astounded at how different each day here is; the challenges, the work, the emotions, the weather! Every day is a completely out-of-left-field mashup of different circumstances that collide to make a day full of the new, the strange, the funny. Just this morning I rolled out of bed and my foot made direct crunchy-squishy impact with formidable cockroach on the floor. I had cockroach guts on the bottom of my foot and it actually splattered onto my other foot…it was really juicy. The comedy that ensued of the kids running around to grab paper towels for me with Ingrid laughingly yelling at them to hurry up and deliver them to me was like something out of a Everybody Loves Raymond episode.
I’ve found that I really love the new, the strange and the funny parts of living in Haiti with Ingrid and the kids. And I could fill chapters with those kinds of stories already. In all of this, I think God is reminding us to focus on loving one another day by day, one episode at a time; to delight in the beautiful, abnormal and silly moments He gives us, even if they’re only for a few seconds.
And because it’s a daily occurrence that the Lord loves to show us something unimaginably new about Him, His creation and His heart for us, I suppose I also ought to quit being surprised that every one of those joys are opposed by the enemy. Case and point, every time I attempt to plan well for the day in front of me, I’m reminded of the old Marine Corps adage that “no plan ever survives first contact with the enemy”. It’s so easy to roll into each day and make the agreement that, “It’s all up to me and today I’ve got to check off some things on my to-do list.”
I’m thankful that Jesus lovingly but firmly reminds me daily that it’s not all up to me; that He is greater than the challenge and the change of plans; that He is stronger than the opposition — and most of all ,that He wants deeply for me to see His Work, His Life, His Triumph amidst all of the new, the strange and yes…in the absolutely funny.