Our time spent serving in Nigeria was nothing less than eye-opening. I was amazed at how the people we encountered could see God acting in their lives every day. Although they have very little, they seem to be far happier than many of us are even on a good day.
Despite being blessed with so much, we are always seeking more, never to be satisfied, and we wonder how to find true happiness. It showed me how much we take our privilege for granted. If one day, our internet access gives out, we become frustrated as if the world is ending, while in Nigeria, and in many other parts of the world, people wonder where their next meal will come, and yet they are able to trust in the Lord to fill them with joy. Sometimes it takes separation from our comfort zone--when we are unable to be self-sufficient—in order to see God’s grace.
Joy in Simplicity
There was one day where we were going to spend some time with the kids, so we decided to surprise them with balloons. All of us blew up about 100 balloons and then began to take them outside. We watched as all the kids instantly became overjoyed by the surprise, their faces lighting up—even the adults were joyful at the sight. It was the perfect example of joy in simplicity.