OK, so here’s the raw and unfiltered scoop. I’ve been hoping God would use this trip to “redeem” Uganda in my mind. You see, for reasons I will spare you having to read (okay, so I filtered that part), my first trip was not a wholly wonderful experience. There were a few hard things that happened that left me with enough bad memories and feelings that I was not keen on going back any time soon. Also, Uganda is where I found a snake in my toilet, so there’s that.
But I also went knowing that He might not choose to make the country over in my mind to suit my tastes and to leave me with good feels. I don’t really want or need a God who caters to my whims anyway.
I don’t know if it was all the thinking about this concept of redemption or just going into something hoping, or lacking expectations or what. But as soon as our plane was on final approach and below about 10,000 feet I found myself enjoying the view and feeling hopeful and excited. That was awesome but it all evaporated after 45 minutes in the customs line.
Good feeling gone.
Well, chalk that one up to only getting 2 hours of sleep in a 48-hour period and maybe the oppressive heat (200* F, anyone?). Makes it hard to feel good about much. But I was surprised by how familiar Uganda felt. It’s hard not to feel welcome and at home here, honestly. People are not strangers. They are very good to visitors.
I appreciated being isolated for a day while I recovered from the jet lag (2-hour nap Sunday, to bed at 8:30 only to awaken at 2:30 a.m. and no more sleep)
At church I enjoyed meet-and-greet time because again, everyone you meet wants to know your name and much about you. And they like to share about themselves. It’s a place where you can feel you know someone a lot faster. This is good for me because I need the load of info and talking time to get faces and names matched and settled in my head.
I’m here less than 48 hours and already God is at work, twisting a familiar place into something new and hoped for, something of beauty. I’m pretty eager to see what else He has in store for me here.
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