Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sometimes what is wrong is right...

Tonight Stephanie went shopping and that was wrong. She will have to blog about the utter chaos of shopping at around 4:00pm on a Saturday. She waited for a cart, only to have it taken from her, lines were unbelievably long and she got home utterly exhausted. She said to me, "Never let me go shopping at this time on a Saturday again," as she collapsed onto my shoulder. In the midst of planning dinner, she asked me where the bleach was, to which I, the unloader and put awayer, said, "I didn't see any bleach." To which she replied, "No bleach. What about the meat?" "Uh, no meat," I said. She sighed, heavily, and said, after I checked the car repeatedly, "You are going to have to go back." I wasn't sure they were open, because Game, our version of Wal-Mart, closes at 5:00 on Saturday. Regardless, I got my keys, put on my sandals and was outta there!!! Now, I need to digress a bit here, because this is where the story gets good. Kamryn had been talking to our guard, Daka, earlier this afternoon and found out that his 5 year old son, Peter, was having a birthday tomorrow. So, I had Kamryn make a card and we taped on 5 unblown balloons on the card. I talked with Daka after Kamryn had given him the card and I asked if what he had planned for his son's birthday. He proceeded to tell me that he didn't have anything planned, no food or drink. I didn't press it mostly because I realized that he probably didn't have any money to buy his son anything. And, my heart broke. Daka works the night shift and so I realized I didn't have anytime to get him anything before the morning. I could take it to his house, but it is very hard to find. So, back to me leaving for the store, hoping, praying that this could be God's opportunity made for me to get Daka's son Peter a cake or something. The store was closed when I got there, at least for people on the outside coming in, but I pleaded my case, found the manager, explained my case and went looking for the chicken and meat they had found in their ledger as having been left behind. While doing that, I saw this beautiful white cake. It was the last one. It was full of white icing, four little cherries. It was perfect. I found this big huge bottle of Coca-Cola and then I found the beautiful white soccer ball. All together it cost me 45,000 kwacha which is a little over $10... It was perfect. I was just so excited at the detail of God to care about this boy to have a situation which went wrong to have it turn out so right. When I got home I went into the guard shack and told Daka I was going to give him a ride home tomorrow (he rides his bike about 30 minutes to my house) so he could give his boy a cake for his birthday. I wish you could have seen his eyes light up. He exlaimed, "Woowwww!" He saw the cake and the coke and the soccer ball and he was just floored. He said, "Boss, thank you so much" and then just leaned into me and gave me this huge hug. This show of affection is very rare, and I was floored. I told him later that I didn't want the son to know it was from me. I told him, "This is a gift from me to you, and I want it to be a gift from you to your son." He tracked and enthusiastically agreed. Thank you Lord for caring about each of your children so dearly and working out your plan to bless us...

3 comments:

aaron james gibbs said...

thats awesome Steve... thanks for letting us in on your journey, for the daily encouragement and often times conviction that only points to our god on heaven. I will send you corn pops if you send me one of those bananas from the back yard :) happy birthday julia!

-aaron

Team Turner said...

great story brother! i love that the God of all providence cares about the small details that actually ARE very important. thanks for encouraging us! I'm sure Daka's boy will remember this birthday even as an old man.

i'll be waiting for my zambian nana too!

jt

Karla Cowan said...

I loved that story Steve....I would love to have seen Daka's son's face when he brought home the birthday gifts. I love reading your blog........Praying for you guys.........

Karla