One of the things I have learned in being a missionary is to delight in seemingly small things. Having electricity on a day when we were told it would be off. Finding peanut butter marked half-price. Internet, water and electricity being on all at the same time. In the last two weeks, the Lord sent two extra, non-essential blessings my way.
Something my husband often comments on in disbelief is how I can make a bag of candy last so long - a trait, I believe, I inherited from my mom. She would keep a bag of peanut M&Ms in her top drawer and make them last for a month. As long as we took just one or two, she didn't mind us getting into them. Thus, my love for peanut M&Ms began.
My in-laws sent a bag of peanut M&Ms as part of a Christmas package in January. As of the first of this month, there were about 15 left in the bag with no replacement bag stashed away. I casually mentioned my depleting supply to the Lord and left it at that. Imagine my surprise when a Valentine bag of M&Ms arrived from a missionary on furlough! But the Lord wasn't done with surprises.
Now that the rainy season has begun, I decided to do a thorough dusting of the house starting with the pantry. In the houses here, every room has vent bricks. Although I keep the window in the pantry closed, dust comes in through the vent bricks and settles all over everything. As I was removing the items from each shelf, I discovered a bottle of root beer that had gotten hidden behind the tins of food. When Keith returned from taking Shane to the States ten months ago, he had brought back a couple of root beers for me. Uganda has many types of soda - Sprite, Mountain Dew, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta, Coke Zero, 7Up, Miranda, Stoney, Novida, and more. However, in the 18 years we have been here, only twice have we found root beer. Overall, I am not a soda drinker; I much prefer juice or milk, but root beer is a favorite.
Did I need M&Ms and root beer? Definitely not. But just as I as a parent enjoy surprising my children with unexpected treats, so our Heavenly Father delights in blessing His children.