Do you enjoy planning? Comparing Western culture to African culture — overgeneralization acknowledged — the former is much more planning-oriented than the latter. And in this respect, I typify the Western stereotype just as much as Ibrahim typifies the African. That makes life interesting (smile)!
The brunt of the contrast (not between me and Ibrahim, but between cultures) landed on us really hard last week. The same day that a DOVE Medical Missions (DMM) team was leaving the States for a medical camp in South Sudan, we received a call from our host on the ground. “We are not ready for the doctors yet. Can they wait a week or two?” O MY!
You and I both know that a team that has been planning a trip for months or even years cannot just “wait a week or two.” We didn’t understand. The preparation had been thorough. The consent had been given. The required information had been sent. The advance team from DOVE Nairobi had arrived in Morobo. We sincerely thought everything was ready.
Thankfully, with excellent emergency logistics from DOVE’s Ephraim Tumusiime in Uganda, all was not lost. DMM is busy this week in Northern Uganda, doing a great and much-needed work there. But even so, we are all left asking a lot of “whys.”
Isn’t it so reassuring to know that God has answers to all of them? The abrupt change was not abrupt to Him. He knew it all the time.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Prov. 19:21).
We are often deceived into thinking that we are the ones who ‘have things in control.’ But that is just an illusion – or maybe a temporary state resulting from our own determination to walk outside of God’s principles and will. Ultimately, God is the one in charge, and obviously He is a much better planner and manager than you or I can ever be.
Relax, we’re in good hands!