I still battling culture shock on many different fronts. One of the fronts which I have seen the war rage is that of control. When I first arrived in Brazil I was warned by other missionaries that control would be one of the areas that I struggled. I have strived in my life to be under control in many ways. It actually scares me to not be in control. In Brazil I am not in control in many ways.
The lack of control has been difficult to deal with. I find myself complaining when I am not able to control the situation.
I am able to control what I eat when I cook the food. It is good to be able to cook different kinds of food that feel like eating. I really enjoy using all of the fresh ingredients and great meat which are available around here. The only draw back for all of this cooking is that I have to do all of the cleanup after cooking.
As I battle culture shock by exerting control I am continually reminded that I need to trust that the LORD is in control even when I am not. I have found myself thinking of Proverbs 3:5-6 continually and trusting in the LORD to work everything out. I am also thinking lots about Romans 8:28 where simple truths are presented that are a great comfort to me. The truths which bring me comfort are “God is actively at work,” “God is working these events together for good,” and “God has made a plan.”