Cows and donkeys on the pavements are standard for Grahamstown. Goats and dogs in the townships. Sheep on the way to Alicedale. And today going to Riebeeck East we drove through a game farm - on the public road, no gates, only a cattle grid. And I saw bushbuck, impala, bontebok, kudu, wildebeest and lots of warthogs. And probably others I've forgotten. That was such an unexpected surprise.
I wasn't looking forward to today - Rev Mathiti and I have been going out together because that was how it was planned by last year's ministers. It has been good to see how things work, and although I feel like I tag along Rev Mathiti always involves me extensively in the services, but I am starting to get frustrated. It's not just about Sundays -circuit work in general is slow. I don't want to complain - it is still early days. I just feel the frustration leading to cynicism and need to deal with it.
So - if I just go with the flow, I may get bored, will probably be mildly productive and will stay out of trouble. If I start trying to make something happen - some small thing - I could be interested, more productive, but also in line for pain and tears.
I'll wait a little longer before making that call. No doubt God will give me a push when the time is right. (And maybe I'm a bit scared).
Trust God - easier said than done.