Reflecting Rionchogu- April 24, 2015

Waking Up

Waking Up

I am not a morning person.  Well, I am not a person who likes to wake up.  I love sleeping and the comfort of being snuggled up in bed.  I love spending time with friends and living life.  But I do not love the transition between the two.

When you are on long international flights, time loses all meaning.  You just have to guess when it is time to sleep and kick yourself if sleep through the meals.  Sleeping in an upright position is not always the easiest, but instead of counting sheep, I look out the window.  As I stare out the window I watch the clouds drift past and dream about what is happening on the ground far below me.

I had been dreaming about being reunited with the village for years now.  It has become a part of one of my longest running dreams, becoming a teacher.  And as I sat looking out at the clouds, my dream was about to come to a partial fruition.  Needless to say this one was one dream that I was excited to wake up from.

Yet saying waking up in Kenya was easy would be a lie.  The village has changed so much in three years, but so have I.  The children were distant, at first.  Everyone was making comments on my weight.  Most questions were about how other travelers were doing in the U.S.  I heard the heart breaking stories of D who is 14 and pregnant, M who has turned to stealing instead of going to school, and a family affected by HIV.  I was also exhausted from 56 hours of travel.  But I did it.  I woke up in Kenya.

I got to hug people I haven’t seen in three years. I got to see smiles on faces that make them even more beautiful.  I got to listen to praises being sung to my God that I could not understand, but could feel.  I got to start a 10 day journey to get to know Rionchogu all over again.  I got to experience God’s love in a whole new way.

Waking up is hard to do, but it is essential if we want to live the life God has called us to.  Waking up each day is our most precious gift from God.  Don’t let the need for comfort stop you from seeking the new opportunities God has placed in front of you.  Remember that in every uncomfortable situation, Jesus provides comfort that no thing can give you.