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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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