When the Generator Cord Breaks

Friday, March 18, 2016

You know that time when power has been out for 12 hours and you go to start your generator but you snap the pull cord and then power continues to be out for another 12 hours. Then since you can't get another cord for another day or so you decide to do things 'á la Congolese ' and just sew the cord back together and it actually stays together and starts the generator?


Just me then ;-)

Funny thing, it's not really that big of a deal. Sometimes it's a bit irksome but life moves on. 
The reason why it's not that big of a deal is that last year I decided that I was not going to get frustrated every time the power goes out. Cause well, it goes out Every. Single. Day. 
So knowing that it's going to happen everyday, if I let myself get frustrated, cause I was in the middle of something or I'm hot and want AC, I'm just setting myself up to have a bad attitude. 
So I decided that I just would not acknowledge when they power goes off or on with frustrations or excitement. It's fluctuations are a fact of life in Congo, so just let it be, it is what it is.

So I broke my generator cord, Nick came home took the generator apart, I sewed the cord together, started the generator and voila life goes on (with hopefully most things still okay in my fridge). Stuff like this happens all the time.

So tomorrow our annual MAF family conference starts, and already the generator cord has snapped. Two people who are coming have had their flights canceled or delayed enough to miss the connection. 
But you know what, we can wing it, sew it back together and work it out. Cause it's what we do and I will not let something so common; flights get canceled all the time; ruin my day or this conference. 

But I am also not devoid of acceptance of reality, and that reality is that God would like to use this time for his glory and the Devil would not and/or God would like to test my patience. So most likely more stuff is going to go wrong.

So I request your prayers for the next week, while we meet together to be refreshed, learn more about the God we serve and to serve one another. 

Pray for wisdom that when another generator cord breaks, that we would be able to still say 'it is well with my soul' that God would direct us in how to handle the situation and that no matter what God would be glorified. Because we are not promised life will be easy, quite the opposite but we know 

 "...How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice "This is the way; walk in it." Isiah 30:19-21

Walk on. 

Here we go.