Welcome to Angola!

Today we are going back to the malnutrition clinic where we spent alot of time last year. This is the same clinic where we got to know Belito & they told me that we can visit him again this year so I’m looking forward to checking in w him & seeing how’s he’s doing! I’m also a little introspective because I have a little bit of a sense of some of the infants we will get to meet today along w their moms hopefully.
With this trip, I want to be fully present & I want to lavishly love no matter what shape the person is in.
But presently I’m a bit challenged to be loving bc my sleep last night was almost non-existent due to the night long street disco party & our early departure, coupled w the last 3 days of travel. So truthfully, I’m finding myself in the “just keep swimming” mode, as Dori would say in “Finding Nemo”. Just keep swimming, Sarah 🙂

strategies to avoid drowning

I really like to swim – when i was in uni, i took a swimming conditioning class & totally loved getting into a rhythm in a pool w just me the water & black line at the bottom.  There’s something about that groove that is very soothing to me, even though i may not be in uber swim fit condition.  I wasn’t always such a whippy swimmer, but i’ve always liked swimming. 

My husband, on the other hand, isn’t such a whippy swimmer.  When we were 1st married, i freaked out one time when i watched him swim from a boat to the shore in a small lake.  He kind of looked like he was drowning

When i took my swimming conditioning class at uni, they taught us a few water safety basics – one of which is to never directly approach a drowning person to help them.  Despite being a great person, someone who is drowning will grab at anything or anyone to avoid drowning – self preservation instinct. 

Can i invite you to make this parallel in our daily living?  There are alot of times when we may feel like we’re drowning in problems, debt, relationship problems, emotional issues, fear, uncertainty, pain . . . . .  and any combination or variety of issues.  In order not to drown or be overcome with these things, in an attempt to survive, we grab at lots of different things with intense desperation:  achievements, money, addictions, people, . . . .  Truth be known, there’s nothing in our lives that can keep us floating, that can truly sustain us, except Jesus & His Word.  When you feel like you’re drowning, get a death grip on Jesus so He can be who He authentically is in your life – your Savior.