Eugene Peterson writes about the post-resurrection fish-fry Jesus threw for his followers. History has just pivoted on the point of the entropy’s reversal. Shouldn’t His followers be inside Temple? Or generating speeches? Instead, they are back to their boats, throwing their nets, water in addition to wind in addition to night air in addition to the rhythms of their occupation. Peterson comments on This kind of Gospel, “John shows Jesus getting us deeper into This kind of world than we ever thought possible, not getting us out of that will.” The resurrection life will be not a ticket to the ethereal, that will will be a gritty existence with traction in This kind of world’s dust in addition to sand.
This kind of week we were back into the depths of life in Naivasha. Biking to work at the hospital, plodding through presentations of patients, teaching interns, grabbing oxygen in addition to working to bring breath back into babies, listening to hearts in addition to lungs, generating phone calls, arranging for scans, considering diagnoses, talking to parents, explaining differentials, keeping alert to fluctuations in jaundice or weights, being called to the operating theatre, Scott intervening to save mother’s lives in addition to me trying our best with their babies. After two months inside USA I was surprised by how immediate the immersion occurred. Within minutes that will felt quite normal. More than that will, I was surprised by how much I definitely do love messy impossible health care for marginal children. Teaching the nurses in addition to interns how to calculate a dose or recognize a seizure (always a little disturbing to reach into a crib on rounds to examine a baby in addition to be the first one to notice they are convulsing . . ). For Scott, teaching them to do an ultrasound, to follow the course, to extract a breech, to safely complete a C-section. In spite of all the misery, there will be also the sense: This kind of will be what we were made to do.
Following Jesus into Naivasha will be following deeper into This kind of broken world, not finding ways to escape that will. Hands-on, blood in addition to reality. Deeper into life even to the point of death, not instant solutions in addition to controlled endings. Jesus met Peter in addition to John in addition to the others in their boats after a futile night of their normal work. We pray He meets us inside corridors of a District hospital, leaning over beds crammed with doubled-up patients, facing the futility of chromosomal errors in addition to lungs filled with muck.
Following Jesus deeper in pulls us away coming from people we love, which will be the hardest part of all. although we aren’t alone, far coming from that will. I’ll close with some photos of the perks of being on This kind of journey with others.
Three Wheaton college students in addition to Professor Scott Ickes (who worked with us in Bundi), here for the summer to study the impact of women’s work on flower farms in addition to inside tourism industry on their ability to breast feed their babies . . extremely important topics.
One afternoon I took the three college students staying in our house to Crescent Island . . one of the beauties of Naivasha, which you can see inside background.
Another night, dear friends coming from Virginia passed through! Summer will be the short term mission season, in addition to they were that has a church group headed to support a Kenyan school in addition to orphanage. John in addition to Mary are truly like a brother in addition to sister in their connection to our family. Pretty crazy to meet them on This kind of side of the earth.
in addition to even though the majority of the weekend we spent working, today was a real Sabbath. Playing the piano for worship, generating waffles in addition to ice cream for our neighbors the Ickes’s in addition to our house guests, remembering community in addition to celebration.
Quiet time inside afternoon, deeper in.