(Highlight From Ethiopia Day 3)
Day 3 was travel day. All that I could ask was, “are we there yet?” It is hard to keep the end result of where you are going when conditions are far from ideal. When you know that you are about to travel a total of 20 hours on the road and only 6 of it is paved, you start to think negatively. The good news was that we traveled in 3 land cruisers. Our drivers were such good troopers. In Ethiopia when you rent a car, it comes with a driver. That means they do not share the driving responsibilities. So in my opinion, they did a phenomenal job.
OK… Time to backtrack a bit. The driving in Ethiopia is like New York times a thousand. I am telling you, it is what we like to call white knuckle rides. You know what I mean? Do you know of someone that when you ride with them, you come close to losing your lives? That is what the driving is like in Ethiopia. Those people do what they want on the road. Oh, you have road rage? Good luck driving there. There were a few times that I thought that we were going bowling, and I am not talking about bowling at the local main event. I am talking about bowling for people. There are no stop lights, no stop signs, just people who miraculously get from point a to point b. Needless to say, I came close to wetting my pants a few times. SCARY.
Our drivers really did a great job. Riding on dirt roads for 14 hours is like playing 3 football games in 3 days. It took a toll on our body. Within the first few hours I actually got sick. Vomit EVERYWHERE. It was not pretty, but when I lost it I felt so much better. It was a great time to bond with our teammates and a time to really dwell on what God was doing in my life. He showed me a lot of things. One of the things that he reminded me of was that he was always with me. He tells us in Matthew 28:20 that, “… and surely I will be with you always.” Another thing that he reminded me was that we will be uncomfortable throughout our lives. A passage that I kept reading over and over was Isaiah 41:10 which says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I had to keep reading that because I am a human, and I kept getting discouraged by something that was so minute. After all, God never said that our walk with him would be easy. We have to be uncomfortable at times in our lives to grow in our relationship with Jesus. So, How is your walk?
I once heard Perry Noble talk about a mentor of his in his life challenge him with a question that was, “If you could attempt something for God and you knew that you could not fail, what would it be?” And then, he said you are a coward if you don’t. I knew that we were going to be uncomfortable for a while, but serving God’s people who were in great need was our end result. I knew that negativity needed to go somewhere else. So I decided that from then on that I would have the heart of a servant. I stopped complaining.
I want to leave you with this: “If you could attempt something for God and you knew that you could not fail, what would it be?” Answer the question. Write it in the comments section and allow me to pray for you!
Here is what our Land Cruisers looked like: