Swaziland…through the eyes of a first-timer
I am, by nature, a doer. I have to stay busy and am constantly making to-do lists. I’ve even been known to go back and add completed tasks to my lists, just to have the pleasure of seeing them crossed off. It’s a sickness, I know. When our team was planning for our time in Swaziland, we were told on multiple occasions to be prepared to just sit. I heard what the leaders were saying, but in the back of my mind I was thinking that there was no way we would really be doing that much sitting. It was a mission trip, right? We were supposed to be doing, not sitting, right? After a few days of travel, we finally made it to the first day of our care point visits. Our van pulled up and the children came running to the van, their faces smiling, eyes shining, and arms open. We got off of the van and I was ready to get to work, to do, to accomplish. However, a child immediately grabbed my hand and led me to a cement stoop. He sat, and I sat with him. He crawled in my lap, and we sat some more. After being at the first care point for only a few hours, it didn’t take me long to realize that the ministry to these amazing people, and to my own heart, was truly in the sitting. In the sitting, I was able to hold a child’s hand, give a hug, and listen to children sing to the Lord with gladness. In the sitting, I was able to pray with and for caretakers and missionaries, literally see the joy of the Lord shine on the face of the care point preschool teacher, and listen to families as they shared needs with our team. In the sitting, I was humbled as I observed the daily way of life. In the sitting, I was able to hear what heaven may sound like as people from different sides of the world sang praises to the Lord under the stars. In the sitting, I was able to take in the beauty of the Lord’s creation in the African landscape, sunrise, and sunset. In the sitting, I was able to listen, build relationships, and hear the Lord speak to my heart. I am forever changed by the time I spent sitting and just being still in Swaziland. I know, without a doubt, that the Lord wants me to continue that quiet, still time back at home, because sometimes, the sitting can minister to others, and to myself, more than any accomplished task on a to-do list.
– Kelly Sosebee
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10