Today I am stuck inside, and if anyone knows me, they know that I like to be outdoors. I enjoy being out and feeling productive. So this move to West Africa has been challenging in the sense that, very little productivity happens (anywhere) in our town when it rains heavily. 

I’m talking no electricity, the market shuts down, no one goes out, and businesses don’t even open. Motorcycles play slip-and-slide in the mud, trucks get stuck on the unpaved roads, goats, sheep, and dogs look like wet rags, and it’s almost impossible to go anywhere in the rain. Heavy thunder-storms here, cause serious disruptions. The rainy season disruptions occur 2-3 times each week, and we can only pray that it rains during non-business hours!

Because of all of this rainy season blues, my plans inevitably get disrupted. Yet, isn’t that how life is? Two days before our wedding, our church officials in Ghana told us that we did not have the necessary paper work to get married in Ghana, and then we had to wait another 6 months to get married in the United States (this really happened to Evans and I)! That was a real life disruption. Or maybe just when you planned to move for a graduate school program, you found out that the scholarship you were supposed to receive did not come through, and now you won’t be able to pay for school. That is a real life disruption.

There are countless real life disruptions that occur in life, and our job is to re-group, re-plan, and become flexible enough to roll-with-the-punches (and not get knocked-out). There are a multitude of situations that could knock us down in life, or that can cause us to give up on our dreams, our aspirations, or our life goals.

However, it is of utmost importance that we persevere. It’s the one who keeps going that eventually reaches the finish line; some may reach it before you do, but if you keep going you will eventually get there. Life is a marathon; this is a long race and we have to be persistent enough to pursue the things in life that God purposes us for. Now, this is where purpose and design come in.

If God created us all uniquely; then He, the Creator, had a desired purpose for your life. Just like a tool-maker has a specific function for each of their tools. The tool-maker didn’t make a hammer to do what pliers do, and likewise if you believe in a creator God then you can also acknowledge that the Tool-Maker (God) probably knows what each of His tools were meant to create. So let’s ask our Creator what our “tool” (our life) was really meant to craft, to create, to produce.

If we know our purpose, even when we face “rainy season blues” and other disruptions in life, we can still get back on course and eventually reach our finish lines. 

So, my friend, if you are facing a rainy season of delays, set-backs, or disruption; you can take heart in knowing that if you love Jesus, and if you persevere and keep your eyes on Him you will cross the finish line that God has for your life.

James 1:12 12 – Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

I love you, and God loves you so much more!

-Jeanette

 

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