We have made it safely back to Nassau! And it is no small thing. Thank you to all who have prayed, provided, and partnered with us in the last 16 days. Our trip back to the U.S. was a whirlwind of visiting with friends and family, hours and hours of driving (which we don't need to do again for a long, long time!), and shopping for things to bring back to Nassau. We were feeling pretty eager to get home yesterday, sleep in our own beds and just relax after all the activity of traveling, but alas; that was not what our Heavenly Father had in store for us!
After boarding the plane at 12:30 and sitting grounded for over an hour, we realized we would not be leaving the U.S. when planned. The plane had mechanical issues. We were thankful the pilot never tried to leave the ground. Eventually the flight was rescheduled for 4 pm. The flight was smooth and safe and we were able to land, go through immigration and customs without any incidents. This is no small thing, I assure you! Every time I have traveled back to Nassau in the last 12 months, there have always been issues at the airport, usually at immigration. God was answering our prayers for a smooth re-entry, and we are so grateful.
We arrived back at our house around 6:45 last night, having been taxied by Cedric back to his home, where we had left our car (and a receiving a wonderful dinner to take home with us from Alexine!) All of us are a little under the weather with colds, and we were anticipating a few hours of relaxing, after the long travel day, little sleep the previous night or two, and a general need for down-time. Keith was eagerly hoping for a dip in the pool to cool off before going to bed. Once home and walking up to the front door, he noticed a yellow sticker on the door, announcing that our power had been shut off that day due to an unpaid balance. Ahem....the power company here doesn't give warnings or make deals with you, they just shut off the power a few hours before nightfall...and boom...you're in the dark. Since we are renting, all our utilities are paid through our landlords. If we don't receive the bill from them...well...you see what happens.
We also quickly saw that the pool was filled with algae and debris. It was a lovely greenish color. OK, not so lovely. We were confused as to why this would happen, since we had a pool service man taking care of things while we were away. Apparently, he did not come over the last 16 days. So the pool is in dire need of chemicals and cleaning, and won't be up for use any time soon.
We made a few calls and realized we would need a place to stay for the night...so back we went to the Mosses! What would we do without them? They gladly put us up for the night and here I am in their guest room, typing this blog post this morning.
As we reflect back on our trip home yesterday and all the details that surrounded it, we see a few things.
1: God is faithful and our lives are filled with obvious blessings. He took care of us. He sustained us through all the driving, flights, and changes we could not have planned for. He provided a smooth entry through immigration and customs, easier than ever before. Cedric was right on time to pick us up and drive us to our vehicle. Alexine had a lovely blessing of a warm dinner prepared for us to take home. We can celebrate the kindness of friends, once again.
2: God is faithful when life is full of unplanned disappointments. We cannot ever assume things will go as we've planned or that we'll find comfort when we think we need it most. God speaks through the difficulties, however small and insignificant they be. A rescheduled flight, a power-less home, overgrown yard, algae-filled pool and having to ask for help yet again, may not be the comfort we were seeking, but they are what God gave, alongside all the positive aspects of yesterday. Blessings in disguise, I am sure.
This morning we were able to take some time and pray, asking God to help us have clear sight as we return to life in Nassau, embrace the busy weeks ahead, and get our home back in order. It was a grace-filled morning after a series of unplanned moments yesterday. It can be our tendency, as fleshly people, to only speak of the negativities in life. And of course, in the fallen world, there are many. But it takes grace to speak of the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. And that is what we want to communicate. GRACE. God's riches at Christ's expense. Always. In every trial. In every unseen event. GRACE. We live in it, are redeemed by it, and stand because of it.