Travelling with Moses to the Swaziland lowveld assured me the opportunity to gain insight into this extraordinary character. Once he began sharing his life’s story I was not about to interrupt. He had me captured.
“I grew up in western Swaziland and as students we walked to school some 10 kilometers. When the river flooded during the rainy season, two things would happen. First, there would be no school for those who lived on the other side of the river, while the remaining pupils continued their classes. Some years the river was impassable for up to a month. Second, when the water level subsided parents would form a human chain and help students across the flowing water.”
He then changed gears by sharing his love for soccer. “Sometimes our opponents’ field was 20 kilometers away, but it didn’t matter. We ran there excited, played the game and ran back. Sometimes we even got back the same day.” I chuckled knowing that where I lived this is beyond our comprehension.
This next revelation really grabbed my heart strings. “God has blessed me so much. I have a lovely Christian wife and three beautiful children. We did have five, a daughter 8 years old was run over by a car walking home from school. We also lost a son at 11 months due to cholera. Through those difficult times our faith in God and the comfort and strength we received from our church family was amazing. My life is filled with abundant joy because God has given us purpose and fulfillment to live this life no matter what comes our way. Added to this is the assurance of eternal reunion.”
In stark contrast are some in my culture who have the completely opposite approach to living. Woe is me! I am a victim. They go through life chained to the negative past. (Whether real or perceived). Even though, compared to the developing world, we live engulfed in affluence, wealth and safety nets. All this is supported by multiple resources that serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the human condition.
Listen to the Holy Spirit’s insights into how we are to embrace vibrant, victorious living. “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy meditate on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)