Thursday January 10, 2019

John 9:5-11 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”

[A]nd his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

The John verse for today brought these other two scriptures to mind and I just could not help but to include them. I love the reminder that Jesus will always take care of us and that there is nothing that He cannot accomplish. When we live and walk alongside Him anything is possible and this fact is incredibly reassuring in this crazy world; I may not have any control, but He does, and what’s even better is that He also knows what I need.

I guess today we needed a break. Eugene and Phyllis (Filly) invited us, along with Gail (a GSAM alum), Lachlan, John and Sara, and Frank and Rosie, to spend the day at the Jim Corbett National Park in Ramnagar. This place was amazing. We all piled into 2 cars and then headed off into the jungle. As we were driving through the jungle we stopped along the side of the road to grab some firewood so Eugene and John could cook us lunch over the fire. Our drive through the jungle and over the dried up riverbed, up to Jim Corbett’s cabin was absolutely beautiful. Trees formed a canopy over the dirt road and we were all on alert hoping to see an elephant, but that didn’t happen.

This afternoon was such a blessing. This was the first time we really got to spend some quality time with Eugene and Filly. The adults sat together overlooking the dried up riverbed while the kids ran around the property. Eugene and Filly brought 3 of their kids, so ours had a ton of fun with them. It was so relaxing and wonderful to share stories and to get to know one another. Eugene and John cooked us an amazing meal of chicken and rice, also known as Biryana, and of course some homemade chutney. After we all had our fill of the food, Filly was kind enough to share a secret with me…chutney with some fresh squeezed lime juice and raw onion made for a wonderful, but really spicy treat. The two us just continued to take chutney/lime shots until there was no more lime; it was awesome! Of course our meal would not be complete if it wasn’t followed by some spiced chai. We got home right about 4 pm, just in time for another round of Chai tea.

I had no idea I was needing a break, and maybe I really didn’t need it, but today was just perfect. I am so grateful for God’s grace in making this happen. We all had a wonderful time. We laughed and joked while we got to know each other better, all while the kids ran and explored. Lucia seemed to have a really fun time with her new friend Jeffrey!

David, taking full advantage of his longer hair.
Here is the view from the property.

Our adventurous kiddos!

Anjali is sneaking around the corner.
The dried up riverbed! During the monsoons, this river can be uncrossable!

Once we arrived back home Jeff and I were asked to help make Dylan’s birthday cake for tonight. For a last minute cake, I’d say this dinosaur turned our pretty good!

Happy Birthday Dylan!

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