Every time we arrive home after visiting Swaziland, we go through a period of adjustment. We feel somewhat misplaced. We woke up in one world and we are going to sleep in another. The world where we woke up doesn’t have enough food to feed its people. It is a world where toddlers are left to fend for themselves. It is a world where many children are infected with life threatening illnesses. It is a world where homes have no running water or electricity. It is a world where education is not free which ensures that the poor do not get educated.
We go to bed in a different world. This world has air conditioning. This world has drive-through coffee shops. This world has running water, electricity, grocery stores, gas stations, movie theaters, and free public schools. This world has abundant living.
We simply cannot reconcile the fact that we are living in two different worlds which are located on the same planet. Both of these worlds have our hearts. One has our heart of loyalty and familiarity. The other has our heart of sensitivity and tenderness.
We find ourselves not being able to fully come back to our familiar world. We discover that the only way to adjust fully is to flip a mental switch the moment we touch down in Atlanta.
We have to live in the world where God has placed us. If God has called us to Swaziland, we must go. If God has called us to live in America, we must live it with a new purpose. It is a purpose of being the voice for the 148 million orphans in the world but it is also a purpose of loving and serving the people here that God has placed in our lives.
It is a delicate balance. It is a high calling by our creator who created us for a purpose that He has ordained. The eighteen of us who God called on this trip now have to walk close to the Lord so that we can fully know why He introduced this new world to us.
We are thankful that He allowed us to see what He sees. We will never be the same. We have seen His face in those sweet innocent eyes. We must adjust to this new reality and offer ourselves completely and fully with arms open wide to Him.
We pray that are do not allow this trip to be in vain but that we use it for a purpose greater than ourselves. One thing is clear. The abundant life that God has blessed us with is not be used for OUR purposes. It is to be used for the KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS who has chosen to place us in the land of plenty. In Matthew 25, Jesus gives instruction about what to do with the blessings that He has richly given us.
So now….. where do we go from here? We go to God’s Word for instruction. Matthew 25 gives us some answers. The talents are different, the calling is the same. We are to “defend the fatherless and the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). We are to “speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves” (Psalm 31:8) We are to live with an eternity mindset. We are to live with intentionality and “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” We press on towards the goal of hearing one day……..”Well done, my good and faithful servant”.