Monday, May 14, 2012
Quote of the day: Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.--Satchel Paige
We saw quite a bit of flooding yesterday with standing water in places we had never seen it before. There were zebras and wildebeests within a few feet of the highway (highway--who am I kidding?) or pavement with potholes. The huts built for the Chinese who are working on the roads were not under water, but everything around them was soaked and the water came up to the floors of the huts. We were talking about how terrible it all was when a man came in with a big smile on his face. When I asked him what he was so happy about, he said the rain had been just right this year, and he would be having a good crop. His shamba (garden or farm) is just five miles from the flooding, so you can see how localized everything here is. A village can be hungry because of too much rain or too little and a nearby village will be flourishing. These people have no concept of what is fair--they know that a few feet can make the difference between hunger and plenty and that what happens this year can be reversed the next. I have never heard a Tanzanian complaining that life wasn't fair--it just is. It is how we respond to it that marks us as Christians or not. May God grant that we always respond as Christ would have--no matter what.