So many times I sit around and think about all of the dreams I had once upon a time ago about what my life would look like when I “grow up”. Some of those dreams included going away to Africa to be a missionary and the exciting adventures I’d have in some African jungle sharing the gospel; while other dreams were about settling down in America with my family in a nice house, with nice furniture, hot showers, and continual electricity. Lately, I find that whenever I think about the American dreams I once had, I’m reminded or shown the “dreams” that God has actually fulfilled in my life here in Africa. This morning I went walking around our yard outside (which I try to do daily), just marveling at all God has done for me here in Lichinga. I once dreamed that I’d be able to build my own “dream” house with a nice yard, big bedrooms, etc. etc. When I walked around our yard this morning, taking in the strawberry patch, lettuce plants, fruit trees, grapevines, and herbs and flowers that we’ve planted, it brought tears to my eyes, as it does most times when I walk around our yard. I’m just amazed at how God has fulfilled my dreams in ways that I could never have imagined. I’ve always dreamed of having a yard with my own fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Now I have them.
Most of our strawberry plants were given to us by a Mozambican friend.
I spend way too much time thinking about all of the things I miss about “normal” American life. When I take a look outside in my own backyard, I can see all of the wonderful things God has blessed me with to make my life here enjoyable and pleasant. I can see that He has given me the things my heart desires-not only in the things that I’ve mentioned here in this blog, but much, much more. Yes, there will always be things that I wish could be different. I wish I could just pick up the phone and call my sister or a friend and chat for 10 minutes or an hour without worrying about a huge, fat international phone bill. I wish I could just order pizza at the last minute when I don’t feel like cooking on a Friday night. Sometimes, I even wish I could just walk into a grocery store and buy normal, everyday foods that I’m used to in America like Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on spaghetti or sour cream for tacos, or even just a carton of fresh milk! These types of things are unheard of in Lichinga! But whenever I start to dwell on all of the things I miss about the “American life”, I start to see the things that I now love about my life here in Lichinga! God has truly blessed me beyond measure!
We bought these grape vines on one of our trips to Blantyre, Malawi. After a dubious start, they are now growing well. Hopefully, they'll yield fruit in their season.