Day 2: This Is A Grinder. We were able to negotiate an earlier start time today, which brought about cooler temperatures for the first few hours and some amazing shade for more of the workday. Conversely I also discovered that I’m short some hardware buckets and I have no clue what’s in them, so I just started building everything that I possibly could.
We knocked out about 65% of the playground and poured an cement slab for a super unique feature that I’m really excited to show you soon! By the end of the day it was triple digits and my body finally started rebelling. I’ve been dealing with heat cramps for the last 4 hours despite lots of water, Gatorade, salt and magnesium. I’m praying that it lets up so that I can get some rest tonight.
Summer in this region is a hard place to work, but it’s a privilege to work alongside these men that call this place home. These families had to flee their communities, leaving behind so much. They have endeavored to piece together new lives in this place until they can, someday, return home.
It is interesting to me to think that Jesus said that following Him, places me in a sort of exile...not home yet...but here until that day comes. During this “in the meantime” what are we meant to do? Are we meant to pine for home and wither in despair? Are we meant to lash out and fight with those around us for our little slice of temporary-home?
It seems to me that we are meant to do as Jeremiah suggested to the Nation when they were in exile: Thrive, multiply and be a blessing..
This week does feel like grinding and I’m tremendously uncomfortable right now, but I know that this playground will be a blessing to so many, with so little...so I persevere and trust in the Lord. He is my strength and my refuge alone.
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