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Getting My Steps In Order

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD and He delights in his way.                                               ~ Psalm 37:23

“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

This has been a year of constant moving for me, five so far, and counting. Each move means that I am one step further on my African journey towards Botswana.

Move One:  My husband relocated to the States after spending almost three years overseas.  He left Kuwait the end of February.  There was about a month’s period between him arriving in the States and beginning his new job in northern Virginia (NoVA) in March.

Move Two:  Since my husband was working and living overseas; and, I was living in an apartment in Richmond, most of our household effects (HHE) were in storage.  We had to coordinate the pickup from two different locations.  One personal storage unit and the other at another location provided by my husband’s previous employer.  And still there was Richmond….

Move Three:  In March, we packed up my things in Richmond and I made the transition and relocated with him to northern Virginia.  We arrived in NoVA on a Friday with only what could fit into the back of his car and trunk and in the back of my Explorer truck.  He began class the following Monday and I began the arduous task of REALLY moving.  Weight limitations were imposed by his current employer for the professional movers who would move my things.  This created the need for me to move more of my things over the next month from Richmond to NoVA.  By the time I was finished, I was left with aches in places that I had never realized were on the human body.  Nonetheless, I reveled in the thought that I had been successful in accomplishing week-end-trek-moving with assistance from my daughters – and the moving professionals for the really heavy lifting.

Move Four:  I helped our daughter move into her new house.  It is her first home purchase and we are excited for her.  Nothing says that you are all grown up quite like a mortgage.

Move Five: This week we will move into another apartment.  The apartment we currently occupy is to be renovated. We qualify for a two bedroom, but we will be moved into a one-bedroom renovation.  The bad news – besides this additional unplanned move: There is still only one toilet in the renovation!  The good news: The renovated apartment will come with a washer and dryer in the unit.  No more traipsing up and down stairs to find a floor with available washers and dryers (actually there is an elevator – but still).

Move Six:  The BIG move.  We move to Botswana.  We leave early September for 2 years in Botswana. Once we are there, we will not have to move again – well, at least not for two years!

I am enthusiastic and hopefully optimistic about this a-MA-zing adventure GOD is granting me…with all of its steps along the way.

I am SO happy to be “on my African journey”.  Stay tuned…

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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Africa, Botswana, Moving, Travel

 

My African Journey Begins

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

I began “on My African Journey” with a thought.  It was the thought of being in Africa for more than a week.  It was my desire to experience Africa, specifically Botswana up close and personally.

After discovering and watching The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency quite by accident on Netflix – I did not have HBO and I had not yet read Alexander McCall Smith’s novels – I dreamed about being in this African nation.  For me this meant perhaps a vacation for a couple of weeks – at best.

I mentioned  – more like declared – my desire to go to Botswana to my daughters who humored their mother’s current infatuation, as only daughters can.

I began checking flights and plotting just how I would be able to finance such a trip with or without a travel buddy.  Over the course of the next few months, reality set in and I accepted that while it was good for me to dream, it was better for me to settle into reality and get about the business of being where I was.  So, Botswana became a pleasant but distant thought.

In a message thread – on facebook – to one of my friends on May 14, 2010, I made the following comments:  “I would love to experience Botswana. Perhaps some day.”

In March 2011 faced with twenty (20) possibilities, my husband received an assignment to Botswana.  I would be moving to Botswana!  My daughter reminded me that a couple of years prior I had said that I wanted to live in Botswana.  She wondered aloud why I was surprised that this assignment had been given to us.

I have learned that GOD seldom yells HIS plans for us but speaks to us in the voice of a loving caring Father.  And, sometimes He speaks to us through people or other methods.  In the Old Testament He spoke through a donkey (Numbers 22:28).  In the New Testament Jesus promised that if His disciples kept silent stones would cry out (Luke 19:40).  I feel that GOD gently planted in my heart what was to come through The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency drama.

Sure, I would have eventually accepted going to Africa and more specifically Botswana, but having been introduced to this unfamiliar country and being open to moving there, I credit to the work  and gentle nudging of a loving GOD, my FATHER who knew “the plans” He had for me before I did.

My daughter was right.  Although I had forgotten – if only temporarily – my desire, GOD had not.  I am sure that there is more to this opportunity than simply my desire.  I am confident that GOD has a bigger plan.  For now I am content to know that HE heard me and answered beyond what I had hoped or imagined…or remembered.

This is the beginning of me – “on my African journey” – stay tuned….

 
 
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