Time for a pic! We’ve been in the car for awhile.
Preparing to start the work day
Time to make more mezcla!
Here’s the 2nd wheelbarrow of sand
Music at lunch
Getting ready for the next song
This is the fun stuff — making progress on the wall
Yep, we’ve gotten 4 rows done today!
A break from gathering rocks to chat
Linda’s an expert on making rebar AND building walls!
So when there’s a bit of downtime, how about tic-tac-toe in the mezcla?
Just up from a nap
Take the pic quick — they’re getting heavy!
Sure I can help you at the monkey bars!
Everyone loves a slide!
Once upon a time, a team of happy people left their guest house, thinking that it would be a normal day. They were picked up for their ride to the Children’s Home, where they’d work on some projects, spend time with kids, and then return home for dinner, some devotional time, and then off to bed, to live happily ever after.
It was a good story, simple and uncomplicated. But then there was our story.
Our happy team left Casa Lamb, as usual, piling into our two vans with all our food and supplies and set out for the Children’s Home. But instead of a normal drive, the traffic lines started rather quickly, and our 45-minute commute expanded into 2 1/2 hours.
But that was okay. Some took advantage of the extra van time to catch up on some rest, while others played — taking pictures, doing word games. You name it, we did it, and we had more than a few laughs. The trip went by smoothly, if slowly, and in spite of the delay, when we arrived at the children’s residential home we were able to roll right into our assigned projects and get to work. Everyone understands the cola, the traffic construction lines and, at times, the accompanying extended wait times, so you’re just patient with it.
It was a short work morning, but we met as usual for lunch, enjoyed a good meal, shared music, and fellowship time before returning to our afternoon tasks. It was a good day, which included time with the children before we set out once again to return to Casa Lamb.
And that’s where we really veered away from our fairy tale because our drive time was 5 1/2 hours on the return! Really. We left at 3:55 and arrived home at 9:35, due to both the “normal” cola, but also an accident in an area where there simply were no alternative routes.
So what did we do while stuck for all that time? We gathered in fellowship, we sang, (some of us with coverage texted), we played cards and word games. We took crazy pictures and laughed and sometimes we just chilled. And then the lines began to move and we came home to dinner and a new travel adventure story to share with friends when we return. And believe it or not, we were laughing when we arrived back at the guest house.
It’s VERY hard to imagine this kind of time delay would EVER happen at home! But if it did, I wonder if our attitudes would have been the same? I have my doubts. But I do believe that one BIG reason that everyone handled this delay so well was that we have been prayerfully preparing ourselves (for months!) to be flexible and willing to not take our schedules or plans too seriously. If things change, don’t be upset — just let go and, with God’s help, move on to the new situation. God is with us. We can let go.
How could our lives change, if we could take this one thing home . . . a willingness to let go of over-scheduling and our need to control, and instead, simply let go? What amazing new experience could we have each day, if we would simply place our full trust in the Lord?
Time for selfies!
Can you believe we’re still in the car
Let’s stand outside and get some fresh air!
How many faces can we make?
OOPS! Need another pic, we missed some faces!
Bet I can make a better face than you can!
P.S. In case you were worried about us being hungry while we were stuck in traffic, don’t be. We always carry “van snacks” — and lots of them. Some are even quasi-healthy, like granola bars!