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And then there were chocolate chip cookies…


Team Kenya send-off 2015Remember that one time that everything went according to plan?

Yeah…me, neither.

I’m writing this from!!! …. Dallas, Texas. (Insert Derek Brown’s “Wah, Wah…” here)

Bad News: After driving for 8 hours, we missed our flight to Amsterdam. Welcome to the…extraordinary…experience of being stuck in an airport for hours. More Bad News: Turns out we have to wait until Wednesday to fly out, unless we want to pay for new tickets. Even More Bad News: This means that we will have two days less in Kenya, and our team will be split up for much longer than planned.

Now, here’s the Good News! We don’t have to pay for new tickets, because the airline switched flights for us (Yes, we did have to pay a fee, but it was much less than the other option.). More Good News: some friends of Kevin’s graciously opened their home to us, so we didn’t have to pay for a hotel. Even More Good News: we get to go their lake house tomorrow! I’m taking this as God providing the extra rest that all three of us needed pretty badly.

Now, let it be known that I had nowhere near this positive of an attitude when we first realized we were too late for our flight. Oh, no. Picture that clip of the Hulk smashing Loki into the floor half a dozen times. Replay it in your head for a few hours, condense it, and then you’ll know about what I was feeling. Thankfully, the people working at the ticketing counter didn’t show up for quite a while (giving us some coping time), and when they did, were polite and helpful. So I stayed Dr. Banner. (Well…outwardly.)

Now, as to the title of this post. I can’t really tell you all of the story behind it–it’s a bit too recent and personal. I will say, though, that when I was the most frustrated today, I was definitely yelling at God. Team Kenya had (has) been through a lot, and I was done. A long, angry monologue followed, but eventually, I felt a peace flood into me that lifted all the tension I felt. And in true I’m-so-much-bigger-than-you-realize form, God connected that very unexpected, very needed moment with Him to one of my favorite desserts: chocolate chip cookies. 😀

So! God is still here! He gave me what I needed to wait patiently (but still eagerly!!) for Wednesday and Kenya. You’ll hear from us again, then! 🙂

Hannah White


5 thoughts on “And then there were chocolate chip cookies…

  1. Oh, man! When we talked about being flexible all semester we sure hoped nothing like this would happen. Thanks for your post and your honesty. We will be praying for much needed rest. God has His reasons and it’s always for our own good. Hope you have a wonderful day at the lake house today!

  2. God is teaching you some wonderful truths about trusting Him! Especially about His perfect timing and ability to turn the awful into something amazing; a wonderful free place to stay, a day at the lake house to rest and rejuvenate, chocolate chips cookies and the best thing of all, peace. Wow! Reminds me of “the peace that transcends all understanding” from Philippians 4:6-7. I have found praising and thanking God allows the Spirit to do this work of peace. Love you and praying for you Hannah!

  3. Thank you for the encouragement, Deb and Hannah. (I appreciate it!!) I think it’s safe to say that today was good for all 3 of us. 🙂 Personal retreat day!!

  4. Yeah! and I’m praying that the rest of the travel will go more as planned, but so thankful that God will continue to make even the human errors and mistakes into something beautiful to His glory! 🙂

  5. Well, it wasn’t what I imagined when I prayed for you to hear you are still stateside:) I am praying as your transitions continue and thankful for knowing we have an awesome savior who has it all planned out so we don’t have to:)

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