Unpredictable life in Ghana

July 07, 2017 at 6:00 AM

ghana power outage.jpgInterns at St. Luke Hospital in Kasei learn about improvising after losing power in the middle of a tooth extraction. (Photo by Sarah Lunn)

(Editor's note: Two students from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, are interning at St. Luke Hospital in Kasei, Ghana, this summer and will periodically be submitting blogs for this site. Sarah Lunn of Jewell, Iowa recently completed his junior year, majoring in biology. Peace Preston of Spencer, Iowa, is a sophomore biology-health professions and chemistry major.)  

Unpredictable life in Ghana

By Sarah Lunn

Life is unpredictable. We can plan all we want, but inevitably something will happen that changes the plan.

I have learned a lot about adaptability during my time here. These past few weeks have been full of unpredictable event. I didn’t know that our wifi would disappear; I didn’t know that someone I love would pass away; and I certainly didn’t know what God would be teaching me through all of it. 

At home, things can change in a heartbeat, but much more so here.

The power goes out often; appointment times get moved; and the rain can come whenever it pleases.

Through all of these circumstances, God has taught me to rely on Him for stability. Most things are out of my control, so when my attitude changed from focusing on what I wanted to what God had in store, I learned quickly that His plan always turned out for the best. 

This isn’t always the easiest attitude to develop. I am still working each day to ask God to show me His will. I know I will still mess up and try to take control, but little by little I pray that God will take over my heart and harmonize it with his pleasing and perfect will.

As our time abroad winds down, I am feeling a mixture of emotions. I have loved Ghana and all it has taught me, while at the same time my heart is yearning to be home. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. 

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