There’s been a fly in my car since Michigan.

I don’t know how it happened. But somehow it slipped in during my short trip to Michigan and joined me in my road trip back to Maryland a few weeks ago. I handled the problem by occasionally rolling down my window and hurling fistfuls of air towards the outside while yelling “Get out of here!”, strangely confident in my ability to catch the fly with my sloth-like reflexes, as well as the fly’s capacity for sensing that it was unwelcome. Needless to say, the fly and I spent the next ten hours in grudging coexistence.

I had been doing some traveling and fundraising for my ministry in Uganda, and after two packed weeks of visits, this fly and I were headed home. While stuck in the car with my newest companion, I couldn’t help but reflect on the other human companions I had the pleasure of visiting in the last couple of weeks.

For many years I’ve felt like I’ve gotten luckier than most with the friends and family that have been put into my life. I have met so many incredible people, and I love whenever I get to spend some time with them.

Of course, for the most part I never get to spend very much time with any particular person. When I am in the U.S. there are so many people I want to see that I end up feeling like I didn’t get enough time with anyone. Not to mention all of my friends in other countries whom I also ache to be with again.

But even though my life seems to be in constant transition, one thing I have grown to depend on is the dependability of my friends and family. It gives me so much joy while I’m traveling to be able to walk into the same house, stay in the same guest room, pet the same dog, and catch up with the people I dearly care about. For a day or two amidst the craziness, my life feels familiar again, and that is a priceless gift.

Thank you to everyone who met with me, shared a meal with me, and who has been praying for me. I am so glad you all are in my life, and I don’t think there is anything I could do or have done to deserve such supportive friends. Someday I hope to return the abundant kindness you have shown me. In the meantime, I just hope you know that you are appreciated!

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