|Look at that sweet face!|
While we were in South Africa, Elijah got to bathe in a real bathtub for the first time. I’m sure most babies are bathed in those baby bathtubs for the first few months, and for a while we used one of those too. Lately, Eli tries to turn around, stand up, and roll over, and then slips and hurts himself. It seems that for Elijah, a large bath tub with a tiny bit of water is good (so he can move around), or one of these tiny little buckets (above) that leave little room for him to move in. He is perfectly happy sitting in this bucket and playing with his toys for as long as we’ll let him.
This pretty much sums up our life in China compared to a life in one of our home countries. Here we use a bucket to bathe Eli, we walk places or take the bus, we carry heavy bags in our hands from the grocery store, we have no carseat when we take a taxi, and we buy vegetables – still covered in soil – from the side of the road. It’s a much simpler life here, but sometimes, when I’m bending over that little bucket washing Elijah, I think to myself, “Man, things are so much easier at home!” Life is not very convenient or glamorous over here, but we are happy with what we have been given, and we know that, for now, this is exactly where we are meant to be. It’s not easy to accept that when it feels like things aren’t going well, but we find comfort in that. God has control over everything, and right now, we are exactly where He wants us to be.
We have learned to live a very simple life here, and to value the most precious things. Nice cars, fancy clothes, and all of those things we used to want after seem so trivial now. We came to China and wondered how on earth we’d stay here. The beginning was tough, but recently it has become clearer and clearer. God has been showing us that we don’t need to worry about anything. He’s got us covered. A nice bathtub, or just a little plastic bucket – It doesn’t matter because in the end our comfort is in Him, not material things. Living with less has taught us how to appreciate more.