Tuesday, June 09, 2009

What Do You Take for Granted?

In the United States, there are a lot of comforts that we take for granted. When you go to use your telephone, you expect to pick up the phone and hear a dial tone, right? When you go to your computer, you expect to be able to sign on to the Internet, right? When you fill your washing machine with water, you expect it to happen in a certain time frame - usually pretty quickly, right? Well, these are three things that I certainly took for granted while in the US. In the last week or two, we have gone hours without Internet or telephone. It has actually been most of the day on some of those days. As for the washing machine? There are times when the water trickles in the fill it up. One night it took over three hours to do one wash load. Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for a washing machine and the fact that I don't have to do my laundry on a wash board. It is rather funny though when you have to fill buckets of water to fill the washing machine. We have most of the modern conveniences that we had in the states, they just work a little differently. I am also very grateful for having any Internet at all. Many missionaries go out to places where there is no Internet or phone service so when we don't have it for a few days, it is just an inconvenience.

I am learning to be content in all circumstances. God brought us here with a calling and a purpose. We are happy here and you know, even with those minor inconveniences, we wouldn't trade it because we know we are in the center of His will for our lives. The main thing to remember is that God is good. No matter what circumstances we find our selves in, He is faithful.

1 Timothy 6:8 "But is we have food and clothing, we will be content with that."


TravisM said...

Hey! At least the washing machine is "full size" American, and looks like you have a dryer too!

Glad to hear from you guys! I read pretty much every update.

Gail said...

Yes, we are very blessed to have a full size washer and drier. We are not feeling deprived, just having to adjust some of the ways we do things. This is certainly not a third world area here where we are.

Katherine said...

Yeah, when we returned from the summer in Mozambique, I just couldn't get over all the conveniences we take for granted in the States. I kind of have post-traumatic stress memory recalls of washing red-dirt-filled laundry by hand (only kidding); however, it probably would help me to strengthen my arms, as it surely was tiring exercise! There's always a bright side, isn't there?