[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] I sit in an airport in Houston, stuck temporarily because of weather problems in New York. I decided I would make the most of this extra hour or so on the ground by writing and enjoying a delicious iced mocha latte. (Not a luxury I get in Kitgum!!)
I remember driving across the country (U.S.) and having such good times. From coast to coast this nation has so much to see and take in. I had several chances to do this, from New York to Oregon, to California, to Missouri and Texas, back up the east coast, etc. I got to see and experience so many things. I learned a lot about the beauty and diversity of this country I was born into. When I started traveling internationally in 2005, the world opened up for me in a whole new way. Every flight told endless stories and represented such rich and beautiful cultures. Sometimes now I feel like my whole life can be summed up by the flights I take and the places I go. I feel as if I spend a lot more time flying (or waiting in airports) than I would like, but each moment is meaningful when we stop to look around and observe.
Life is a sunset, a random conversation, a stop in an airport that was longer than expected. It is the small things that mean the most and that end up defining us. In the next few weeks I will be sharing for a coalition at the UN, a youth group, a women’s study, various churches, and I will be a guest on several radio shows. But ultimately, the times I will remember are the ones of “drudgery” when I rushed through an airport or sat in a plane contemplating life. These are the times when what we do in the limelight matters, and our true character shows through. These are the times when we have the opportunity to shine, enjoy, and make the most of our circumstances.
I raise my iced mocha and say cheers to these moments that we find ourselves in that are beyond our control.
(On the mission field I’ve often heard a saying: “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.” Good words to live by!)
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