Everything is about perspective. If we had arrived and our apartment had been set up with an outdoor sink, I probably would have complained or at least bemoaned going in and out to wash my hands. I’d never considered an indoor sink a luxury, but since our setup had neither, those 3 pink buckets you see have been our dishwashing setup for over 2 weeks. Not ideal, but that’s what we had and the dishes have to get washed. You might have noticed a lovely object on the left side of the same picture. It’s a sink (in progress)! It represents a lot of work–and a lot of love.
Nothing here is as simple as buying a sink. Everything is a process. For example: First a cement slab had to be built. It was too muddy otherwise. Payton had to borrow a bike, ride to the hardware store, order the sink, order nails and screws, order the wood, cement, gravel and sand. He also had to coordinate some guys to work. We had to measure the sink, design the frame, plane the wood, borrow the tools, buy more hardware. This morning he had to turn of the water to the building (after several days of trying to find someone who knew which valve it was), install a split to the spigot outside that we share with our neighbors, and run a new line. He even ran another split so I could have my washing machine closer!
Our temporary apartment is no where near set up yet, but I will say that God does interesting things to help our hearts to be thankful. Even using a sink! And I can truly say that God has taken care of all of our needs through the body around us and in multi-faceted ways. I’m grateful to Payton for his tireless work and I’m also glad that we’ve been able to work side by side through all of this.
Keep praying for us as we live in transition while we get ready to move in to Taliabo. If a sink takes that long to install, can you imagine how long it takes to get a house ready in a remote area? Prayer definitely smooths the way as well as turns our hearts to seek the Lord for strength to persevere through the process.
I came across a very fitting verse the other day:
By wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established. By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4
Our hope and prayer is that we don’t lose sight of the spiritual house that is being built right now. We desire to fill our house with wisdom and life! Pray for our hearts above all as we press on.