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  • Writer's pictureChristina

Sunrise, Jan 27th

“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

The sunrises are different here. More subtle. More clouds. More light-up-the-sky pastels that linger half an hour, framed in palm trees. Africa was not subtle – the sun appeared by 4 or 5 in the morning and beat down with ferocity by 7 am. Here I can roll out of bed at 6:30 and enjoy the view from my porch for half an hour, tea in hand. And that’s not the only difference. Ah, the choices. What kind of food to buy, where to eat, even who to spend time with. I forgot that we had so many friends – wonderful friends, funny friends, friends that refresh my spirit. Is that why I used to be an extrovert, why I used to pack every minute to the brim with activities? What did we every do to deserve these amazing people in our lives? How is it we can reconnect after years and fellowship, share life together again. I find the free time in my days dissolving. Gone are the leisurely mornings 4 days a week, when I could sit on my porch at 9 or 10. Gone are the evenings to ourselves, relaxing from the time the sun went down until bedtime. There are lights on the streets, things within walking distance, cross walks, multiple lanes, multiple roads, freeways. Am I changing into a different person, just because I’m here? One thing I have settled, I need to start getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. Without that discipline, there would be no time for stretching, praying, reading, reflecting. And I need time for those things especially now, because life is becoming a whirlwind. But it’s nice, that means I will get to see more sunrises, sunrises that linger. And I won’t even have to get up by 4 to see them.

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