Balancing Act

It has been an interesting couple of months as we have been (finally) transitioning to life in Chencha. We’ve been learning to do without many conveniences while enjoying the pace and clean air that comes with life in rural Ethiopia.

An unexpected part of our new rural life has been an issue with Jon’s knee. When we first arrived in June, Jon had to have fluid drained off his right knee and received a cortisone shot. Problem solved! Jon jumped right into the work he enjoys. He began cutting and hauling lumber, hauling water for daily use, digging garden sites and general work around the house and yard. Three weeks into such work and his knee began to swell again. We made our way back to the Christian hospital a couple hours away. Jon had arthroscopic surgery. The only thing the doctor found was a small section of cartilage at the base of his knee cap that looked a bit frayed. The doctor smoothed the section out but also informed Jon that such a small abnormality shouldn’t cause the degree of swelling he was experiencing.

Since the surgery Jon has been attempting to take it easy. He continues to keep his knee elevated the majority of the day. Recently, he couldn’t stand being still any longer and spent a good part of the day weeding a small garden. He also stood and rocked Carter a bit that night when she was having trouble sleeping. His knee started to swell again. So, now he and I are seriously monitoring his amount and kind of activity. The swelling did go back down the following day.

With Jon having to be rather immobile I have had to take on a few new roles. Praise the Lord the rains have picked up (I seriously never thought I’d say that. With the rain comes a lot of mud!). With our rain collection I only have to haul buckets of water from the side of the house to containers inside the house. I’ve been filling the charcoal bucket a bit more and taking more of the “gray” water tubs outside to be dumped or filtered in the sand filter.

These newer more physical jobs for me recently got me thinking about the balancing act that goes on with any relationship, but especially marriage. In order to make our home work and insure that all those who are in our home are taken care of, we share our labors.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

The past two months, adjusting to our new rustic lifestyle and Jon’s recovery, have reminded me how well our Lord has balanced us together and in doing so allowed us to remain strong together and in Him.

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