“Joy is always a function of gratitude – and gratitude is always a function of perspective” – Ann Voskamp
What a beautiful country! One cannot help but appreciate the vast beauty of Swaziland’s mountains and sweeping valleys. In addition, the people we have encountered have been unbelievably receptive and grateful. Yet it does not take a perceptive eye to see how the thief has come here to steal, kill, and destroy. With an astronomical prevalence of HIV/AIDs, universal poverty, and the sheer cheapness of life, it does not take much to understand how hope, peace, and joy are not the norm here.
Fortunately, the God of Hope and Love has dominion in Swaziland, and I am convinced that there is a future of hope here[Proverbs 23:18]. Indeed, I am convinced that nothing will be able to separate Swazis from the love of God. Like the fires that cleanse the mountainside farms, God’s ever-consuming fire is also cleansing the countless Swazis of their transgressions. God is at work in big ways in Swaziland, and I have found it fascinating to see what happens when portions of this disheartening land come into contact with God’s perfect love and grace.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out, “God has been at work establishing a new kingdom in the world. It is His own kingdom, and He is calling people out of the world into that kingdom: and everything that happens in the world has relevance to it. . . . Let us not therefore be stumbled when we see surprising things happening in the world. Rather let us ask, ‘What is the relevance of this event to the kingdom of God?’’. . .We need not become bewildered and doubt the love or the justice of God. . . . We should . . . judge every event in the light of God’s great, eternal and glorious purpose .” Read More »