We live in Africa and are used to things not going to plan, but sometimes life is glitch rich. Miriam applied for a new passport the first part of May and has yet to receive her new passport. Her current passport expires this week. In addition to needing a valid passport to travel, Miriam also needs her passport to get a new re-entry pass for Kenya so she can get in and out of Kenya. The US State Department is having problems with the passport system. We can get an emergency passport but we cannot get her entry pass put into it. Please pray that her passport comes in today or tomorrow or that Kenya Immigration will put the re-entry pass in her old passport!
We are returning to Kenya at the end of December, when we booked our tickets to come to the States we also booked our tickets to return. The airlines has canceled one of our return flights. After spending almost two hours on hold, the agent asked if it was OK to fly from Dallas to Newark have a three hour layover then fly from New York to Zurich and then on to Kenya. I did not catch the difference between Newark and New York and never in my wildest imagination would I be offered a three hour layover where I had to get baggage, get a taxi and recheck in for an international flight. So I said, OK that sounds great. Then I few minutes later I received an email with the itinerary and immediately called back and said this will not work. This has turned into quite an ordeal and countless hours on the phone with the end result being the airline is unwilling to change our tickets.
On top of these two issues, Donna has been sick, I have had computer issues plus all the normal getting ready for furlough stuff. Please pray that Donna and I are gracious and kind in our dealings with people and that there are no more glitches.
I could play the background…
and You can take the lead…
You pulled my card, I’m bluffing
You know what’s in my hand.
Me, I just roll to trust You, You cause the dice to land.
I’m in control of nothing. Follow You at any cost.
Some call it sovereign will, all I know is You the boss.
And man I’m so at ease. I’m so content.
I play the background like it’s an instrument.
This last week I have spent some time pondering Lecrae’s song Background and if I am really willing to play the background or do I try to be in the lead. It has been said that servanthood is measured by our response when others treat us like a servant. Now I have been around the Christian block enough times to know that when treated like a servant I should be gracious; and sometimes I muster enough poise to be. But even when I am poised, the screams from my heart for center stage must sound like the tantrum of a two-year old to God. What would it be like to serve and be treated like a servant and find joy. Pray that God moves me closer to this.