"God, I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2
Sometimes, help comes from unexpected places...and yet, it always comes from God's infinite love for us. Pastor Laurie Fields experienced her help LITERALLY from the hills on her recent trip to Africa.
It had been a very long, hot day with very hilly hiking to and from the well sites; it was already after 3:00 PM, but there was still one more well to finish before the day could end. Walking up a ravine to the truck, Laurie began to lag behind.
"All of a sudden, I heard the sound of a motorbike coming up the hill. My partner, Jessi, turned around and told me, "You're getting a ride!" I climbed on the bike, and after about two only slightly terrifying minutes, I was being dropped off next to the MMM truck. I told the driver, 'Towanga Chomeni;' he said the same before he took off. Instead of being the last one back, I had about 4 or 5 minutes to take in the beautiful scenery of Malawi before the rest of the group arrived and we left for that final well of the day.
"There was more than one moment in Malawi when I wondered if I had the strength to keep going. It was hard - physically, mentally, emotionally - to keep getting up every day, driving and walking, talking and seeing village after village as we installed and dedicated wells. It was beautiful and amazing and wonderful, as well - but it was also hard. But each time I started to wonder about my own strength, I found that I experienced grace in that moment, as well. Sometimes it was an earlier than expected lunch break. Sometimes it was a Sunday to rest, when I just knew I couldn't manage another day of well installations. And sometimes, it was a villager on a motorbike offering a ride up a steep hill. Our strength may falter, but God's grace prevails - sometimes in something as ordinary, and unexpected, as a motor bike. Thanks be to God!"
Most of us will face challenges that have little to do with climbing mountains, but we still have personal struggles. We pray you will be able to look up and find help in an unusual and unexpected solution...and that you'll know it came from Him.
This story comes from Rev. Laurie Fields, who completed her first Marion Medical Mission trip in 2018.