This whole only posting on Fridays seems to be a trend in November…so here we go again:
Grateful=Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.
Thankful=Pleased and relieved. Expressing gratitude and relief.
Yesterday, I cried silent tears as I heard their voices. They said my name the way that South Africans do. They asked me again and again and again and again “When are you coming back?” They told me about how they loved the package I sent and that Dan, the father, said he would love some clothes next time if I have brothers. They told me about how Itumelang passed her classes and wants to come back to America with me next time and is looking for a job. When I asked her what kind of job, she said “A job. Any job.” I sat there thinking oh my any job…Lord, forgive me for my ungrateful heart. Teach me to be grateful. I didn’t get to talk to him…I didn’t get to talk to the little boy that I am ever so grateful for and the one who started this love affair with this family. He was sleeping. Yet, as my heart melted into a puddle, I couldn’t help but end the conversation thinking about how much I love them and yet that’s not anywhere close to how much God loves us. I don’t get it. I don’t grasp it. All too often I dismiss the love and think “No…it must not be for me…it’s for them…for them I can believe all day about how much God loves them.” But, He does. No matter what I do. Even today, as God and I spend our time wrestling in ways that evoke joy mixed with tears, He loves me. He meets me here in each moment reaching out His hand as I fumble across the water like Peter. Mostly, I stand in awe and gratefulness that He delights in me.
have i said i love him? because i do.
Lindo and his mom
Dan, Lindo, and I
p.s. for your viewing pleasure…here’s my adorable little man dancing:
and here’s my board of thanks…
14 thoughts on “5 Minute Friday: Grateful”
Awesome, awesome photos. What amazing love you share with them. I’m thankful for you sharing this with us!
aw thanks, caroline! i do love them =)
whoa. awesome. no words. you have such a gift to give. and you even made that kick butt thankful board….nice job.
ha, thanks!! i had fun making the board!
Oh, my friend! How you have His heart — you have adopted Lindo as The Father has adopted us….breathtaking in how it provokes gratitude!
so thankful to be adopted even if I don’t “get it”!
Beautiful – I pray for your return to Africa.
mmm, thanks for the prayers!
I came to say hi from Annie Blogs because I recognised the South African lingo 🙂
I also left you a comment there!
ah, yes! south africa! do you live there now?
Only someone who has lived it can truly understand the experience of falling in love with people half a world away and culturally so different from yourself. I still miss my kids in Kazakhstan, and think of them so often. I hope you get to see your Lindo again very soon.
so true. i hope you get to see your kiddos in kazakhstan soon too!! the missing is hard. but definitely makes us able to pray hard for them.
So beautiful. I love the joy in your photos here and the sweetness in your words.
thanks, kris, for the sweet words!