I am American.”Time is money”
Raised by the clock-punctuality is key!
I am in Kenya
“African time” – slower than island time
And likely my biggest cultural struggle. It brings out the worst in me for sure!
Today, I left a few minutes late. Ugh
Stopped to pick up the mandazi, they were not ready.
Went to pick up Levi – he was late.
Had a bit of trouble with the car, delaying us several minutes.
Went to pick up Dennis – he was late.
Feeling that flesh rising up… “Oh Lord please help me!”
As we sat on the side of the road awaiting Dennis, a woman came to the car – she wanted “something to eat”. So I reached around to the back seat and came out with some warm mandazi for her. “No! Ninataka pesa”. I want money. I responded with a forced and fake smile, “pole, hakuna pesa”. ( I’m sorry, I have no money.)
Watching from across the street, a young man began laughing. As the woman walked away, he came over. He wanted a job in my compound.
We were still waiting on Dennis, so we started a conversation. He asked what I do, where I lived. I asked, “do you know Jesus?” “No one knows Jesus”, he responded.
I have NEVER before gotten this response and my heart sank. “He is history”, he said.
I ALWAYS hear the answer yes, I know Jesus! Even if they don’t.
I told him that Jesus wants him to know HIM. He died so you can know Him!
“You cannot know someone you can’t talk to”. “Oh, but you CAN talk to Him, I talked with Him just this morning!!” With that he nervously stepped back, somewhat chuckling, “you must have a devil, saying you spoke to Jesus”. “Oh NO!” I proclaimed, “He is real, He is! And He desires a relationship with you!!!”
I invited him to church. He told me it is too far. Both Dennis and Levi spoke to him in Kiswahili a bit. I sat and prayed as they did. I then handed him a Kiswhaili tract.
He would not allow me to pray with him. But as we drove away, the guys and I prayed for Jonathan, asking that it might please The Lord to reveal Himself! Oh please, use this meeting which I KNOW you ordained, use the seeds of TRUTH that were spoken, use that tract and Your Holy Spirit, make Yourself known… That Jonathan might know that You are God and that You love him!!
Lord, help me, please, to rest in You and to trust Your clock. Your clock that keeps perfect time!