22 January 2010

Words For Uganda

Kelly at This Restless Heart is doing a link-up today and asked us to re-post one of our favorite entries from our archives.

With eyes and hearts turned to Haiti and the struggles of orphans, I was reminded of our journey to Uganda in November 2007 -- first posted in February 2008

Words for Uganda

The other evening the shapes in the clouds looked to be God’s hands reaching down from the heavens, and surely God’s hand IS on this nation. There is a stirring, a shaking, a hope in the midst of desolation. When God is all there is then God is enough. If anything else is placed above Him, then nothing is enough. He is, as He says in His Word, a jealous God, and He will have no other gods before Him. I believe and I will declare that His favour will rest upon this place.

The heart of Uganda appears in the faces of the children; smiles in the midst of deprivation, laughter rising up from a belly never filled with food enough. Tears of need and tears of sorrow, but joy returning upon the simplest act of kindness.Can we learn to need so little? Our hope could be their hope – to find our strength and joy in Him alone. It is as if they already do so, even those that cannot tell you why.

Oh Uganda, release yourself into His hands. “Pearl of Africa” is what a local billboard called you. Shine with the luster of a pearl polished by the Master’s hand. Shine as a witness to the darkness. Shine in the light of His love that more would be drawn to the light. Blossom and prosper as a sign even to the “first world” nations – “Look what our God can do”

Here I find a stillness. Here I find a peace. Here perhaps I will find a pathway that leads me to the heart of God.

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Dianne said...

Wow! What an analogy. I love the way you compared Uganda to a lustrous pearl polished by the hand of God. Oh, that we all could shine for His glory like that. Beautiful post. Thanks. Dianne

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

I read about people and places and I am not able to comprehend their burdens until I am there. Thank you for sharing this prayer at my blog today.

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