Hakuna Matata!

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28.  Sometimes, or most of the time, that’s easier said then done.  If he works all things together for good then why do we go through such heart-break and pain?  Why does God bless you with one thing, something that seems so good, then take it away just like that? Truth is, I don’t know, I couldn’t tell you the meaning and the purpose of the humorous plans of God.  That is something that we have to figure out.  All I can tell you is what God tells you, that you have to wait, and that God knows his plan for you, and you have to just trust Him living every day doing your job.  But I can’t wait I want to know now, now, now!!  Ask as much as we want, we’re going to just get the same answer.  I don’t understand everything and at some points I tend to doubt that things are going to work out in my life.  But at the end of the day, or week, I know that God knows the desires of my heart and all I can do is pray.  I have peace, and I’ve got the joy of the Lord in my heart!  When I was looking for peace and comfort, Mark 4:35-41 spoke to me.

     “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  Mark 4:35-41

Over the past couple months, God has been really working on my patience, peace, and worrying.  With all that has happened in my life here, I have had to be patient in knowing that everything is going to be ok for me.  I’ve learned that I shouldn’t worry about every little thing.  As humans we worry by nature, but God says, “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has its own worries.”  God will never fail you! So I can assure you that every need that you have in your life will be supplied.  That isn’t to say that it’s easy or that we shouldn’t and we will never ever worry again, but just take a deep breath relax and trust in Gods promise to you.

One thing that I have been working on is just living my life, and living my life for Gods glory.  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

I hope you will enjoy this patient story!

“It was a sunny, relaxed afternoon in the village. The air was thick with heat as one-month-old Maeva slept peacefully in her crib. The curtains were dancing in the breeze, and her family was resting in the shade outside their house.

Suddenly, they heard bone-chilling screams of pain coming from their newborn baby’s room.

Maeva’s four-year-old brother had discovered some matches and was playing with them when the mosquito net covering his baby sister caught fire. Within minutes, the net was engulfed in flames, trapping Maeva and her tortured cries inside.

Her family and neighbors desperately threw palm leaves and sand on the infant to extinguish the flames. They thrashed the flames with their coats until they retrieved the screaming baby, who now had severe burns on her legs, foot, and hand. She was rushed to the local hospital, where her burns were treated. Her family was told that she would need surgery—surgery that they could not afford.

Reluctantly, Maeva’s family brought her home and tried to ease her pain themselves. But as little Maeva grew, the extent of her contracted skin meant she would likely never walk correctly or wear shoes, and she would need treatment for pain for the rest of her life. As the years went by, the other little girls laughed at Maeva while she limped home crying.

“Her only wish at five years old was to be able to wear pretty shoes like the other girls did,” recalled her grandmother, Benedict.

Benedict had saved money for years in order to give her grandchild the gift of surgery to ease her suffering, but that dream often seemed too far away. “I was worried that she would grow up to be different, and that this would affect her future and chances in life. I was also concerned because every time Maeva had to walk far, she would experience pain.”

When Benedict heard about Mercy Ships, she jumped at the opportunity. From the day they arrived at the ship, Benedict promised Maeva she’d leave in a brand-new pair of shoes “just like the other girls.”

“I am going to buy her a pair of shoes to celebrate when she has finished her time here,” said Benedict, beaming with pride. Maeva began to daydream about the colors and styles of slippers and sandals that she would one day be able to wear.

And, after surgery and several weeks of rehabilitation onboard the Africa Mercy, five-year-old Maeva’s dreams became a reality! She was presented with her very own pair of shoes … and they fit!

“I never could have believed that she would one day walk again the way she was always supposed to,” smiled Benedict. “I could never have believed that one day she would be wearing shoes like all the other girls—yet, here she is!”



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