Rejoice In The Lord!

Rejoice In The Lord!
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, ‘Rejoice.'”
                                                 Philippians 4:4
When I started reading my devotional one morning recently the first line was “Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances.”. That line has a totally different meaning to me today than it would have 2 weeks ago.

The Zambian way of life includes walking miles to get fresh water and then carrying it home in a big bucket on your head – eating nshima (very thick grits) every meal each day after cooking it over an open fire and stirring it with cooking utensils that look like boat oars – no electricity – if you have a problem with a tooth, they just pull it out IF you can find a dentist – walking around not seeing because you have no glasses – – and so much more.

I wondered to myself – where do they get their joy?  How do they keep going each day?

The Zambians Know God. Through their faith, joy is all around.  Their songs of praise ring through the village making one want to get up and dance.  Their kindness is overflowing.  They find joy in serving their American guests Coca Colas and chocolate cookies which cost a lot of money and much time to walk to town to buy.  They seem shy but the minute you speak or wave they smile like you are an old friend they have not seen in years.  I am overwhelmed by the spirituality and manners of the Zambian people. 

I can only hope that when I return home and trouble knocks on my door that I will remember these people and give thanks to God for all of my blessings.

Melissa Bynum


Comments on: "Rejoice In The Lord!" (1)

  1. Melissa,I have so enjoyed your writings.Your words bring back such vivd memories of the graciousness of the African people in the midst of an existence that few if any Americans in this country ever experience.And yet there seems to be a peace and joy in their interactions that many of us here long for.I know that the sights and sounds of this trip will linger in your head and heart forever.Thank you for being part of this mission trip and being Jesus’ witness to these dear people.I would really liked to have seen “Head,Shoulders,Knees,and Toes”.Hope there are pictures.Our prayers remain with you all and with the people of Chitambo.charlotte deans

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