Sunday, March 22, 2009

Life among pits

There seem to be all kinds of pits in life. Some we create ourselves, others that are created for us, and some we just fall into. The two older boys are creating a huge pit at the back of our property. It started out being a foxhole, and now it seems to be on its way to being a bunker or something like it. They are having a good time out there digging away. Here are a few pictures of them and their work.

This is what it looks like from the back of our yard area looking out onto their pit. Sometimes we can't see their heads when they are digging away!

And Obi wanted Yoda to get in on the action, too!

Recently all of the kids went to the dentist. Our boys have all had one or two "Developmental pits" in their teeth, which of course require a filling. The dentist said some people just have groovy teeth. Now, if we were on the Brady Bunch and someone said we had groovy teeth, that would be a complement. Not so now. Too bad!

The other pit we have been in lately is one of loneliness. We are missing our life, family, friends, and our house back home. It still doesn't feel like this is home. I know it takes time. But, sometimes, time just seems to drag. We have met many nice people here, but we still feel like visitors. How long does it take to feel like you belong in a new place?

We are studying the book of Genesis at our Community Bible Study. We are on Joseph right now. Boy, he landed in a big pit. A bit of his own making, but his brothers put him in a physical one. He must have been lonely, in despair, and wondering what would ever become of his life. Later, he ends up in prison as an innocent man. Again, he must have been in a pit of despair. But, God was with Joseph and gave him success in everything he did. God had a plan. And through Joseph, God preserved the new nation of Israel, plus saved the Egyptians from starvation. But Joseph didn't know any of this when he was in his pit.

Now I am not saying that we are Joseph. But, as we are following God's plan for our lives, discovering pits along the way, we can all rest assured that God is in control, he has a plan for our lives, and it will be for our good and his glory. And with that hope, I can keep on keeping on. And see what God has in store for us.

1 comment:

  1. Oh where do I start. I love LOVE this post. All that great humor totally comes out. My boys also dug holes in the equestrian open space next to our property.
    I love how you added our memory verse in there, great job on that. It is such a reassuring story if you are in the pits. Trust in God to bring you out.
    HOpe you are enjoying your spring break. We are.



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