Needless to say, learning to cook, in Haiti, makes for an interesting combination.
So while I’m on the cooking topic, does anyone have any great, easy, and/or quick recipes? If so, please post me one here! I’d love it! I can get just about any ingredients I need here, so don’t worry about that. Meci devans (thanks in advance)!
Please pray for my body that is falling apart. For a while now, I’ve had plantar faciitis, which makes me walk like a 92 year old woman most of the day, especially in the mornings. It is very painful to walk if I’ve been on my feet a while. Also, I have a giant spider bite on the back of my leg that looks like a rotting sore. And it’s kind of throbbing right now. I had a similar one of my foot a couple weeks ago, and now it’s healed. So don’t worry- it’s not a deadly kind!
A couple days ago, I almost lost an arm. You see, our oven is very Haitian in the sense that just to turn it on, you need to take it apart (Most things in Haiti don’t work quite like their American counterparts). So there I was, with my entire arm inside the oven, and my dear friend WooWoo (40ish year old woman) was holding down a button for me. She didn’t really know how the oven worked, so she then proceeded to turn it to 350. And it’s a gas oven. And my arm was still in there. And flames enveloped my arm. Thankfully, I have quick as lightening reflexes (thanks mom and dad!) and came out unburned. Amazingly.
After it all went down, WooWoo was panicking b/c 1-she felt so bad that she almost burned me, and 2-she was terrified that I would tell people. She was so scared what people would think of her... basically, that her reputation was in danger. I assured her that no one would care, and people would think it’s funny, but she just couldn’t let it go. And it made me think about how often I live like I’ve got to earn my own reputation too. And how it’s just downright embarrassing and sometimes even crushing when I’ve done something that could “ruin” (so I think) my reputation. And so I have to constantly be reminded, as I was by this experience, that JESUS EARNED A PERFECT REPUTATION FOR ME. That He lived a perfect life so that title could be slapped onto each of us...so undeserved. And completely Unmerited. But that’s the beauty of it. Because again and again it gives us an opportunity to run to Jesus, in thanks that we are not treated as we deserve. I used to just believe that Jesus died for my sins. But the “righteousness” part was kind of my job to figure out. Now I’m seeing more and more that that’s the most ridiculous thing on the planet, b/c “those that focus on righteousness get neither righteousness nor Jesus. People who focus on Jesus get both.” (Thanks daye!) We can try all day to “get it together,” but it’s not until we get that we are ALREADY ACCEPTED that we can be freed to, well, be free! And serve Jesus instead of focusing on our own reputations.