Day 4: A Long Road Ahead. Our day began in a common conflict that I've become accustomed to in a life on mission...my timing versus His timing. I've become far better at letting it go externally, but in honesty my internal frustrations continue. This is of course silly, as His timing ALWAYS proves to be ideal.
Delays in governmental approval to move the playgrounds threatened to back us up yet another day (under my timing, today was supposed to be the first build day). We pressed on, preparing everything possible and of course at the VERY LAST MINUTE the paperwork was signed and sealed.
We began what would turn into a three hour drive to the first sites. Along the way we passed countless security outposts, ever vigilant and seeking to restore peace to a broken land. While driving through the desolate terrain, as well as the occasional village...some still standing and others completely leveled...I was reminded of my own road. The path my life has taken is not so far removed from the stretch of asphalt we sped across. There have been moments of loss and gain...moments of little and plenty...moments of hopelessness and freedom.
Each of these moments has shaped me and will continue to shape me as I face the long road ahead...but I know that I will NOT be facing it alone.
This land also has a long road ahead. A road of rebuilding, reconnecting, and realizing that there is a Way to never face these challenges alone again either. I pray that somehow these playgrounds and the lives they touch will play a role in opening up that possibility...in opening up relationships that speak Truth and Grace in such a way that an entire nation can be healed and find peace at long last.
If you are finding yourself on a difficult stretch of your own long road, fix your eyes and run your race well.
Tomorrow...we build!!! #lifeonmission #savedtoserve #katw #replay #playmatters