God is always trying to get our attention and working behind the scenes in many ways that we don’t see. One of the privileges of living in The Gambia is that because of my weakness and complete inability I see God move in amazing ways. I have been at my home in the village less than a week and I have been reminded of this over and over. I am so thankful for the divine appointments, conversations, opportunities to pray in the name of Jesus, opportunities to share gospel truths and opportunities to spend more time with Him and seek Him in a deeper and more dependent way. However, not all divine appointments are easy or pleasant and some can be painful or even a little scary.
A few nights ago our new teammates the R family had the privilege of one of these divine appointments. At 4 am a bat decided to fly all over their house and was enjoying his new found home so much he really did not want to leave. After some very impressive and quick foot and hand work the husband was able to capture him and release the bat OUTSIDE which is a much better home for him. As we met for church the next morning, I chuckled when they shared this story because I have had many similar encounters. And then, I was reminded as the wife prayed about the blessings in these moments. She prayed “God, thank you for the divine appointment of the bat early this morning because that meant I was up early and got to spend more time with you”. It might be hard to thank him for the bats flying around our houses at 4am, but to have that gift of time with God is such a blessing. May you all see God and His appointments in a new fresh way today, even if it involves some icky critter.