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Life Lessons in a New Land Posted 8.21.2015

Wait.  It’s a word we know, but don’t practice, very well.  Kampala has a way of teaching us some “waiting” lessons we’d rather not learn.  On Friday we had just a short “to do” list.  Exchange a portion of my dollars into shillings.  Get a working phone for me (they delete the number if its been inactive for a year).  Purchase a short list of pharmaceuticals that we hadn’t been able to secure up to this point.  And, finally, get me a modem for my computer – dependable internet is a blessing beyond belief.  And, it’s a wonderful morale booster for the team.


I did warn my traveling companions that a list of four is actually quite an accomplishment, so lower your expectations.


We flew through the first item – and I am now a mulit-shillionaire.  I now have over 51 million Ugandan shillings.  And I did have muscle to keep me safe.  Terry Nutall kept a careful watch over everything. On the way back to the hotel he asked if I’d seen the guy in the plaid shirt pace back and forth three times and then whisper to his buddy.  Uh…


But task one was complete.  Off to get a working phone.  Now the phone store was the closest thing I’ve seen to a DMV office here in Uganda.  You explained your problem.  They assign you a number – and you wait for it to be called, just like at the DMV.  The room was full.  Ugh.  I finally decided we probably shouldn’t wait, and went to leave.  Then they said we could just go to the counter.  In 20 minutes I had a new simm card and minutes on this new phone number.  It only took seeing three clerks.


After some down time, we headed to the pharmacy.  Dr. Henry (who we are putting through medical school) had arranged for most of the supplies to be picked up, leaving us with only three drugs and three add-ons.  Piece of cake.  Our usual pharmacy said  they don’t carry those drugs, but directed us to a new pharmacy down the street.  They had the supplies, or so they said.


An hour and a half later we were still sitting there.  Morris had already secured the modem, so we just needed these drugs.  Ninety minutes is along time to sit there with nothing to do the heat and congestion of Kampala.  And then they didn’t have it all anyone.  Well, they couldn’t find it anywhere else either.


So lots and lots of waiting today  But we accomplished everything on “the list,” so that’s a great day, right?  Well, from one perspective.  It was only a profitable day if learned some lessons from God.  Maybe even about the importance of waiting correctly.  Listening to God.  Following God.  Trusting in the timing of God.  That isn’t always easy, especially when the “to do” list doesn’t get done or is too long to complete.


What’s He trying to teach you these days?  Where do you need to learn to be a better “wait-er” on God?  That’s a lesson for every day and every place.  Wait on God.  Wait for God.


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