Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Gumbo Forecast: Strong Winds

QWERTY. I stare at the keyboard, forcing myself to write something. There is no tragedy, no emergency-stopping words. There's simply no time to reflect, to ponder life's odyssey.

Instead of seizing the day, each day seemingly seizes me, throws me up and around, and lands me where it wills. Then, I sleep, awakening in what seems like a moment's notice, to face another dawn that won't end until the stuffing has been pulled out of me, and I drag home after dusk. Aspirin helps. Meditation and Scripture, yes, to be sure.

This month, after a seemingly interminable period of declaration, I will cease to be directing our ragamuffin operation on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The work will be turned over to our staff who have done the work for years, with oversight by His Eyes Ministries. 

On the last day of March, I leave for the United States. In April, I will be preparing for a trip to Zambia, Africa. In May, I journey. Not alone, which is good. I will be accompanied by a small group of wanderers/wonderers from New Orleans, Louisiana. We will visit churches, encourage leaders, work with water projects, and visit sick children and lepers.

I return to Honduras, again, in June. To work in something new. I can't say exactly what it will be, but I have surmised in general what it will look like. Something alongside the church, the Vineyard, to be specific. I want to see new churches planted. I want to see established churches prosper.

Until the whirlwind ceases to disarrange my life and mind, I probably will be less engaged in blogging. When one's feet are not on the ground, and the winds of life are blowing, it's hard to catch thoughts to fling on paper or screen.


18 comments:

John Calypso said...

Exciting times! We will be watching ;-)

Laurie Matherne said...

Exciting? I suppose so. I may have to adjust the name of the blog. African, Honduras, New Orleans Jambalaya?

lisleman said...

You have great plans which are the best reasons to be less engaged in blogging. Thank you for letting us know.
Oh if you ever feel the need for a good/bad/sucks/not-what-you-are-looking-for parody you know where to find one or two or three...

carol said...

Good luck to you. Happy travels and come back home safe and sound.

Steve Cotton said...

But isn't that the joy of both jambalaya and life -- a stew of what comes your way? Doing God's work is more important than telling us about doing God's work. Even though I impatiently await for each installment.

Laurie Matherne said...

Lisleman, I know where to find you. Thanks.

Laurie Matherne said...

Thanks, Carol. I am looking forward to new things this year.

Laurie Matherne said...

Steve, I agree. Doing is more important than writing. Yet, I know I will write more one day. Thanks.

Anita said...

People change. Things change. It's all good. Give us an update when you can. Blessings as always.

anita johnson said...

Safe travels...I look forward to hearing about your experiences. keeping all of you in my prayers today...AND whenever I visit here. The winds of life are blowing here as well.

Becky Bowman McHugh said...

Love the sentiment in your last two sentences. So true! Good luck in your future endeavors. Vaya con Dios Laurie!

Laurie Matherne said...

Anita, you are correct. Change is a part of life. Hopefully, we are allowing God to shape us as we change into what he wants us to be.

Laurie Matherne said...

Hi Anita, I love your work, and lately, I forget to visit your lovely site where most often you point us to God's glory in nature. Be well, friend.

Laurie Matherne said...

Becky, I am indeed in the whirlwind. May you go with God, too.

Kim G said...

How many times now have you threatened to stop blogging? This is becoming like Steve Cotton threatening to buy a house, or to move somewhere else, only to turn up still in Melaque year after year, LOL.

All levity aside, I hope you get some satisfaction from the good you've already brought to Honduras, and I'm sure that you will continue to do good works.

Saludos and best wishes for continued community service,

Kim G
Boston, MA
Where we keep threatening to take a road trip that somehow hasn't happened either.

Laurie Matherne said...

Kim, I suppose Steve and I are alike in some ways. Who knows how long I will hold out this time? A week? A month? A year? Time will tell. As for you, take a trip!

beachmathlady said...

ahh, I know that you will continue to do wonderful things where ever you go.. Life's traveling gumbo..
I wish you all good things and blessings.

Laurie Matherne said...

Thanks, Math Lady. ML. Good initials!