Home

Obedience brings comfort!

Leave a comment

 IMG_0529                The 6 of us

   On January 4, 2012, I was a novice at being a missionary’s mom. My son and daughter in law had just left for their very first assignment as foreign missionaries. And 21 days later my blog post revealed a heart still searching for comfort! 

   I would like to share with you an excerpt from that post:

   When your time comes to release your children for the work God calls them to in a land far away, just know that there are comforts built in to your obedience. In our day we have the comfort of technology that provides us with a lifeline of communication with our children. Through email, Facebook, Twitter, satellite & cell phones, and Skype, we can communicate in a variety of ways. 

   Yes, the technology of our day keeps us connected with our physically distant children. And that is INDEED a comfort! Our daughter in law has given birth to two children after they left and because of technology we were able to see both children within minutes after they were born! And by God’s grace and provision, within a few months afterwards we were able to hold them in our arms! 

DSC_0470

Off we go, with the best view in the house, or game reserve!

   With our first grandson, while we were visiting we got to know our son’s fellow co-workers and friends. We even got to go on a safari! That was so surreal. We saw elephants, giraffes, water buffalo, etc. roaming free over the savannah. 

   When we got to hold our second grandson, who was 5 months old at the time, we were in Edinburgh, Scotland!! You see, our son was preparing to enter the University of Edinburgh the next year. Therefore, during his vacation time, he made plans to go there to finalize enrollment details. And because we hadn’t seen our grandson yet, And because I have dreamed for years of going to Scotland, we combined all this into a two week vacation! We got a van and visited not only Edinburgh but the Isle of Arran and Larkhall, where dear friends of ours lived, as well. 

   You might ask me, “Wouldn’t you give all that up to have them close at home?” And my answer would be, “Yes.” 

   But I wasn’t given that option! I had to deal with the plate in front of me! Therefore, I turned to God, for only He had the strength that I desperately needed to get me through overwhelming separation anxiety. 

The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. . .  Isaiah 40:31

   So here I am, four years later, with a heart full of gratefulness to God for the strength He provided me through His comfort. By accepting God’s will for my son and obediently releasing him to carry out that will, I have been comforted by the balm of provisions our loving heavenly Father has provided far beyond my expectations.

Safari!!!!!!

Leave a comment

Shortly before my husband returned to the States, our son planned an event for us that exceeded all my expectations.  I had read about people doing such things but never dreamed I would ever have the opportunity myself!  So what was it?

Yep, a Safari!

But don’t get any crazy ideas that we marched single file through the jungle while the natives sang (I know, been watching too many Tarzan movies)with a tight grip upon our big ole elephant guns.  Nope, fortunately those days are gone (at least I hope they are) for this was a photo safari.  We just gazed in wonder at these grand animals grazing peacefully without the restraint of metal bars and tiny habitats. It stirred something deep within me to see these animals living in freedom.

There were several of these majestic creatures, all ages.

There were several of these majestic creatures, all ages.

Grace in motion.  Saw 3 of these giraffes.

Grace in motion. Saw 3 of these giraffes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game park tukals.

Game park tukals.

 

Above is a picture of the dwellings we stayed in at the game park (we stayed overnight).  These tukals were unique because unlike the tukals I had seen and would be living in a few weeks from this time, it had an attached bathroom.  NICE!

 

Our guide spotting elephant herds.

Our guide spotting elephant herds.

Let me back up a minute.  You will be amused, I think to know how our excursion to the game park began.

“You might have laughed at us when we pulled out for not only were the 5 of us Lanes in the truck, we also had 4 men in the back + a goat.  One man was dropped off in a town where he was going to buy some sorghum and tomorrow we will pick him up.  The other guy and goat rode almost all the way to the park.  We dropped them off right as we turned onto the road to the entrance.  The goat rode well, and we did too as long as we kept the windows down!” journal entry 1-10-13

Oh well, when you don’t possess a vehicle you just wait around long enough and someone who has a vehicle will be going where you want to go and you simply hitch a ride (animal/s included).  It’s the way of life there.

After getting to the park, we unpacked our vehicle, loaded our stuff into the tukals, and set off for our (mine and my husbands first) safari.  All I kept saying was “Wow”, for I just couldn’t get over the fact that these zoo animals were roaming around free as a bird.  No cages, no glass walls between us, no zookeepers tending to them, and most impressive to me, unrestricted room to spread out.

Off we go, with the best view in the house, or game reserve!

Off we go, with the best view in the house, or game reserve!

Our evening at the game park was indescribable.  Peaceful beyond description.  After helping my daughter-in-law prepare supper (I’m from the south and that’s what we call it) of super delicious chili, we sat around a fire and visited.

The elders, one American and one African.

The elders, one American and one African.

Great day, tasty supper, sweet fellowship.

Great day, tasty supper, sweet fellowship.

The next day we enjoyed our 2nd safari and saw more cape buffalo, hardy beast, water buck, tiny antelope animals, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, elephants, and there were more just can’t remember their names.  But I’m disappointed to write, we never saw lions.  But that wasn’t from want of trying.  I suppose I’ll have to hope for better luck next time.  And God willing, I’m definitely looking forward to a next time.

 * * * * * * *

God has poured His grace upon me in a variety of ways to make learning how to live so far apart from my son a doable thing for me.  This being a missionary’s mom is certainly a difficult life to live.  So hard, in fact that I couldn’t pull this off without God.  For it is His strength that equips me to make it through these days I now live as a missionary’s mom.

But having the memories of our visit to where my son now lives, goes a long way to keeping my spirits up and my focus on God.  By being there, I saw with my own eyes how contended and at peace with life my son is.  Knowing that my son is loving his life there is all I need to be okay with him being so far away.

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: