Back in July we started working on the paperwork to get our resident visas. After lots of redo’s Brian received his work visa in October. The children were approved for their student visas as well. My visa is a dependent visa, so once Brian’s was approved mine should only take a few more weeks. That was the end of October.
After many emails and phone calls, still no visa.
We had a plan to visit Kenya after Christmas. One of my closest friends’ family is planning to move there to work with the Masaai people. They were going for a vision trip and well… I want to see her! I want to see where she will be living. I want to share this with her. I wanted to take a little trip with our family for Christmas. SO WE NEED THAT VISA.
Again after many emails and phone calls leading up to Christmas, nothing.
We decided to go up to Kampala and sit in the office until we got some answers. Finally on the way to Kampala we get a response. They won’t be in the office again until next week. So we decide to go to immigration and try to get it ourselves. When we finally find the immigration office, there is a line completely out of the complex and down the road. There were hundreds of people there to be seen on the first office day after the holidays. We realized that even if we stood in line, we wouldn’t be seen that day. Later on we found out from the lawyer, that no one in immigration would have been able to help us, because the receipt for our payment is held by the lawyer.
Are you getting frustrated? I know I was.
Brian had to stop and add some minutes to his phone, which usually takes a while. I pulled out my journal and began documenting all of the things that I felt the lawyer had done wrong. The more I complained, the more the still small voice reminded me that He is in control. My ranting became replaced with a submission to whatever He wanted. I began writing out this verse:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him….
My plotting was replaced with a desire for my actions and attitudes to reflect Christ no matter what happened that day. And then the rest of the verse came:
and He shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
So we never got the visa. In fact, we had to leave our car in Kampala for a few days to have some work done on it. And, in the middle of the craziness I accidentally threw Brian’s fake tooth away with our lunch trash. The day was full of possibly frustrating situations. But I remained with great peace! You know I have read about that somewhere, that peace that passes understanding.
So what about that visa? Well, the office doesn’t open until one day after we are supposed to leave. If we can get it then, we will postpone the trip a day. But if not, we don’t go. And as much as I want to see my dear friend, I am at peace either way.
How about you? Is there something robbing you of the peace that God promises? What do you need to trust Him with?