The plan was to stay in Africa another 5-7 years, buy a place in the Texas countryside and retire to a new career in food. With food. For people. “I’m going to teach people how to cook and eat well; teach them all the good things I’ve learned.”
So many amazing stories that have happened throughout the centuries start with those 2 words. Bible search it.
Fast forward, and I’ve already told you how we are now semi-retired earlier than we had planned, but in perfect accordance with what God has been/is doing. We now are able to enjoy being on the same continent, in the same country with all our family. Which includes grandchildren. Who are amazing, by the way. If you don’t have any, I highly recommend you get some. They are delightful.
And yeah, let’s move back to America and Dad can get a job and support us while we continue to homeschool. We’ll start a something that will eventually make an extra income. So we launched a YouTube channel and this blog, and wow, how about that? But as I kept talking to local foodies, they kept suggesting I sell at the market day here in town. Not one to ignore people that God brings into my life, I did a little investigating.
And the next thing you know, we’re baking granola all day and packaging mixes until what:oclock PM and loading up the new-to-me Honda with stuff to sell. Which we did!
This is not what I expected to be doing a year ago, or even 6 months ago. No; six months ago I was staring at tickets which would take me away from my African home and transplant me back in a USA that I didn’t recognize. It has changed a lot in the 14 years we’ve been gone. I don’t think you’ve noticed it quite as much as those of use who’ve been away.
But I don’t care. It is, obviously, still the land of opportunity and kind folk who want a good product and like the idea of supporting their neighbors.
What I’ve seen in my years is that God does give His people a vision. We don’t always know what it will look like in the completion or even in the preparation. Sometimes it happens later than we want, sometimes sooner than we think. But, in His time, He brings it to pass. Meanwhile, He has shown it to us, so that we recognize it when we see it.
Are you waiting for His timing? What is your dream?