Now that the weather is getting colder and we actually have a bit of snow on the ground, I find all I want to do is stay in my nice cozy house. I'm actually a home body all year round but especially in the winter. The past few weeks have been busy ones for our family and I have had to leave my cocoon almost every evening. This weekend I was finally able to put on my comfy cloths and just hang out with no where to go - it was wonderful!
This morning the kids and I will be heading over to Heppner's Legacy, to the new store to help paint. Painting is not my favorite thing, probably because I have done quite a bit of it this year. I am excited to go because Nancy and Brad are such giving people, it makes me want to give back to them. Deep down I would much rather stay in my pajamas all day, turn the fireplace on and read a good book. Laziness is my flesh in full power. The other thing that draws me is being around people that I enjoy. It will be a fun day with lots of hands to get things done. That's probably what draws me to my own home too, the people I live with are some of my favorite people.
So yesterday I was thinking about how much I like to stay home and it hit me - WHY would I ever want to go to Africa when I can barely stand to leave my house? That is a very good question. One answer to that is that I want to go wherever God asks me to, even if it's uncomfortable. I want to be uncomfortable. I know that when I am outside of my cozy cocoon, I need God so much more and I'm so much more aware of all that He is doing around me and through me. The other part of going to Africa that makes it doable is the fact that my family is going with me. My physical house may be a comfort and a place of refuge for me but really it's the people in it that make it that. Ultimately God is my refuge and my strength and He promises to be with me wherever I go.
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare of the Lord;
He alone is my refuge,
my place of safety;
He is my God, and I am trusting Him."