For two decades, it has been our prayer that God would
"establish the work of our hands." (Psalm 90:17)
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
"...and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth..." (Genesis 7).
We have had three big rains in the last three days. It's a little bit early for the rainy season to begin, but we're tired of dust and heat, so bring it on! It's been about five months since it last rained. The last few weeks have been very hot and muggy, so the rain definitely brought relief. I'm guessing that the temperature dropped from 90 degrees to 70 degrees. I had to go in search of a lightweight jacket, and those flannel sheets actually felt good last night.
For some reason, the change in weather made me want to exercise. The past two mornings I got up early and did some walking within our compound. It felt great. The first morning after the rain, Tobi and I spent some time observing changes that had taken place in nature. As we walked through the compound, we noticed that the Easter egg bugs were out. Now, I have no idea what these things are actually called, and I don't know anyone besides us who calls them that, but they come out every year around Easter time.
Tobi says he gets goosebumps just looking at them. They are curious little creatures.
Life has taken me from the Midwest to Africa. Africa was firmly planted in my heart at age 17. I realized that dream when I landed in Nigeria at the age of 26. Currently I am doing the hardest work I have ever done, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Every day is full of challenges. At times life is too painfully raw, but God reaches down to us in those times of great need and helps us to press on and offer hope.