While Mr. Joe and I are getting ready for our new assignment we have been contemplating…
A few days ago while enjoying our morning coffee he tells me that he is contemplating about a few things more than I am…
About what our next assignment will be after this one.
Mr. Joe would hop on a plane tomorrow to make that 30+ hour journey back to Central Asia…if I gave him the word.
But me, I am being a little more contemplative. I call it being cautious, or taking baby steps. I say, “Let’s get moved to Colorado first and then start thinking about it…” I don’t want to get in any rush and I need to hear directly from God about that one. I don’t like doing things on a whim.
Although I do know that the invitation for the adventure following the one that we are about to go on is already sitting in the outbox of the One upstairs who directs all of our steps.
I still need to take one step at a time, one day at a time, one moment at a time…
I am a slow talker AND a slow mover.
I really and truly think that Mr. Joe is glad he has me.
Illustration here: Mr. Joe is the race car careening out of control on two wheels and I am the one who is ever so gently applying the brakes.
God is definitely still in control and He knows exactly what the rest of the plan is.
In the meanwhile He (God) has a brought a new friend into our lives. I am not sure what this
means, but He does.
Our new friend is someone from the tiny Central Asian country where we spent 2 months this summer. When we met her we suspected that she may be from there because of the emblem embroidered on her purse and her general demeanor.
Sure enough, it was no surprise when after we asked, she let us know that she was from there and had been here for only a few weeks. She is a student here in Dallas, at the college where we will still live for the next couple of weeks. She speaks very proficient English.
Since meeting her, we have learned that she knows some of the same people who we met while there and she frequented some of the same places that we frequented. Her brother works at our favorite coffee shop there. She lived with her parents in the heart of the capital city. I believe this is very interesting and that our God knows exactly what He is doing. I am very cautiously noting it all.
We have taken her out for authentic (Southern) American food and cooked for her and she has cooked 2 authentic Central Asian meals for us. We are giving her a listening ear and understanding her dilemmas and frustrations with our culture.
A couple of nights ago, she asked us to her apartment where we watched a movie that she said was a comedy from her country about life in a village and it had English subtitles. She laughed and thought it was hilarious and we sat there and watched it seriously with much interest.
So this is the story of our new friend who we will be leaving soon. Meeting her could mean that God sent us to Central Asia solely so that she would find comfort through Americans when she was here or it could mean that this is one little “clue” to what is in the future for
us. Perhaps a little of both? Only He knows the answer right now. At any rate we have been reminded of the adventure that we most recently experienced.
So, while we are trekking through the mountains of packing and making a lot of headway…everyday we have 3 stacks. The smallest stack is stuff that we are taking, then a medium stack is what we are giving away and then usually a very large stack of the things that are being carted to the dumpster.
We are getting closer to the mountains of our next adventure and even now I ponder on the thoughts of wondering if God is giving us glimpses of what is beyond the Colorado mountain. Only He knows and I’m not going to worry about it.
Love and blessings to you!