I’ve been reflecting a lot on our first term of service here in Ghana and how it compares and contrasts with what is happening now. The weather has been the most recent topic of my
daydreaming pondering. When we first arrived in January 2007, I remember feeling the oppressive heat. I also remember not even wanting to think about having a sheet covering me when I slept at night. However, I wasn’t able to sleep well because I wasn’t under a sheet.
A few weeks ago, not only was I sleeping under a sheet, but a blanket as well. For several nights, the ceiling fan in our bedroom was either set on low or turned off completely. In the morning, I would put on a sweatshirt and drink something warm. I enjoyed every minute of the feeling of cold. Although our cool mornings are not as cool now that we are approaching mid-February and our days are getting hotter, somehow I can still recognize that this is our mildest season. The heat of the hot season will soon be upon us and it will be oppressive. We’ve already been given tastes of the heat but then a mild morning returns a few days later.
Is the weather any different? Was it oppressively hot in January 2007 and not so hot in January 2012? Well, it surely is possible that the weather is different now. However, I think what has truly changed is my perspective. In 2007, I was leaving the winter in Ohio and arriving in the desert of Ghana. Now, I’ve been here and become used to many things and I can recognize what passes for cold in this area of the country. Not only do I recognize it, I relish it! I LOVE the ridiculous feeling of putting on a sweatshirt when it is 73 degrees Fahrenheit and the fact that my body registers this temperature as cold. It brings comfort to know that I can feel content with not turning on a fan and just sitting and enjoying the weather. I also love that the recognition of cold is a sign of growth: my growth. God continues to shape me and mold me into the servant that He has called me to be. Even in what might seem as insignificant as weather; I have grown!
As with all growth, there are growing pains. Mine came in the form of sweating through the seasons for the first couple of years. Now I am growing in other areas. Though the sweat will return, it will be because the sun is truly shining on me. Thankfully, the Son also shines on me.
How has your perspective changed on something seemingly small? How is God shaping you to serve Him?
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