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Topic: Flat (01/03/13)
TITLE: He Longs for the Crooked Road
By Donna Haug
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I know. I know. This theory has been proven wrong without a doubt, but try convincing my hubby of that fact.
For years he'd been longing for a way to get back to Africa. He had grown up as a missionary kid surrounded by purposeful, determined people who worked unending hours to ensure young African leaders got a solid foundation for their effervescent faith. He watched his dad doing everything from teaching and preaching to shooting and butchering buffalo, gazelle and warthog to replenish the Bible College freezers. He watched him design the Bible College and residence buildings on paper, supervise their construction and even worked with him to plan, build and raise a steeple on the new church. He flew in a Cessna to go to boarding school in a neighbouring country. He drove through the Serengeti National Park in order to get back home, laughing as they chased the hyenas and wandering off the road to drive beside the loping giraffe. When they stopped for lunch, they kept watch for lions and guarded their cold fried chicken from the mischievous monkeys.
At long last, it seemed his dream had finally come true. Twenty years after his dad's brain hemorrhage forced them to leave African soil, nearly tearing my teenaged future-husband's heart out of his chest in the process, it seemed that God had opened the doors for him to return “home”. With his own little family in tow, he spent the next seven years living out his fantasy job. Each day was unpredictable. He thrived on the challenges, facing every difficulty like an adventure. He poured himself into teaching and preaching at every available opportunity. People loved the white man with the African heart. When his truck broke down at the side of the road, he would figure out a way to fix it and get us back on the road again. When a house needed to be built, he planned it, supervised the construction and trained new workers in the process. Minor inconveniences like power failures, potholed, muddy roads, nights spent in his roof-top tent in the bush so that he could do pastor's seminars in almost unreachable places – all got his motor revving.
Much to his dismay, family responsibilities dragged him back to his birth country, not to be confused with “home”. He took up several successive construction jobs until God opened the door for him to become a business manager of a large building, a job requiring much creativity, hard work and people skills. He's the man for the job – but he has not settled. He wants his life to count for more than ensuring a building runs smoothly. He longs for the challenge of he unknown. He wants to be out there where the rubber meets the potholes and the people truly need help. He longs to make a difference.
Yes, my love, I know your world seems flat right now. I also know that when God releases us from our current responsibilities, it will not be long before your flat-land will once again become crooked. Your days will once again become unpredictable and challenging. You'll be preaching in a second language and through an interpreter to yet another one, teaching students who know so little and will suddenly “get it”, and fixing your truck at the side of the road. I promise you, love, that just as you have walked with your family in the last few “peaceful” years, I will one day bounce along beside you on your next adventure – whenever that happens to be. I promise!
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