In Africa we have this saying, TIA means This is Africa... It is kind of like a coping mechanism that helps you deal with the myriad of life difficulties that come your way in Africa. As I was laying in bed in the dark (because our power was out, again), I was framing my day in a blog. But, I realized it was more that just my day, it was TIL, this is life. It is the day to day difficulties where we choose joy that makes the normal, eternal. But, saying that, I thought I would give you a little snapshot of my day to see if it warranted such a title and whether or not I am justified in feeling victory just to make it through the day.
This morning I picked up Graham to get to the office to get a check to pay for some Bibles. It was the worst traffic jam I have had since going downtown. Than I got downtown and after going to the AZ office and remembered that I forgot some documentation. There are two lanes of traffic and both are one ways. So I crossed the first one way and then looked right when I should have been looking left (the opposite driving patterns can mess with you), and took one step off the curb, as I looked back to my left just in time to jump back and narrowly (I mean, narrowly) missed getting hit by a speeding car. Literally, I could have been in a blog, not writing it right now. This morning we were going to go as a family to Adventure City Water park. It was a beautiful 82 degree morning. Bradyn came down with a fever as we were getting ready to leave. Than the power went out. We had lunch made, so we were thinking about maybe going for a picnic. There is really only one place picnic worthy in Lusaka, and we called to see if we could bring our lunches there, but we were told we couldn't. So, we decide to do some errands. Jay had to mail some a package back home and went to the mailing store, but they didn't have any boxes. I went door to door in the strip mall looking for boxes. I found one! The power is out all morning and early afternoon. The power comes on and so we try the internet so the Sigs can call their son. The internet won't work. After a long time of not working, I call Iconnect. He says it isn't working. He restarts it. He says it should work now. It does work, a little later. Bradyn is feeling worse with a 103 degree temp. We take her to the doctor. Turns out she has a throat infection and a stomach infection. (yeah, that was as specific as a it gets.) We get home, and the power goes out again. Stephanie goes with Carol and Jay and Kamryn to dinner. I stay home and try to make pancakes over a brazier fire. They don't work well. Bradyn feels sick and crazy. Julia decides she is going to be whiny and crazy, too. And then I try to give medicine to Bradyn. She starts crying. Julia starts yelling I want mommy over and over again. I finally lie to Julia that mommy is coming home in five minutes (is it wrong for missionaries to lie if the end justifies the mean:), finally get Brady the medicine and get them to bed. The power stays out from 5 until 10pm. Kamryn calls from her grandparents wanting to come home at 10:00pm. She can't sleep. She misses us.
I was wondering if Jay and Carol were going to get a taste of true Africa living and I think they are... I don't mean this as a whine, but just to share what it is like to just get to the end of the day and just feel exhausted just living. As we lay in bed in coma-like positions, we started quoting scripture, trying to lead with truth instead of emotion... Rejoice in the Lord, always. Blessed is the man and woman who persevere under trial for when they have stood the test, they will recieve the crown of life... Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding... And then Stephanie said, "And I want to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier..." Bible humor from our memorizing of Philippians:) So, we go to bed, with Stephanie with bad stomache, tired and a little more joyful. May we all choose joy in the big and little, hard and easy, fun and boring so that God may be glorified eternally in our temporary. Rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say rejoice!