Diwali

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Well, Ben and I enjoyed our first Diwali!  This holiday is huge – kind of like Christmas for India.  There are colorful lights on houses, candles, artwork, music, sweets everywhere, and people going from house to house “calling on” family and friends (people still do that here and it is really cool!)  People light fireworks in the streets… literally, right in the middle of the street.  We were told this was a five-day holiday, but celebrations lasted from October 30th until yesterday… I guess people celebrate it on different days here.  I got hit by firework shrapnel twice during this holiday, once while riding on the back of the scooter – but we didn’t witness any house fires or injuries!

Last Sunday we were invited to our friends’ parents’ house for fireworks and dinner.  I got to wear a traditional sari dress, and Ben wore a kurta (long shirt with a manly scarf).  I had to take stitches out of one of the sari blouses to get it to fit over my shoulders :( After I got over my vanity, I enjoyed getting dressed up and fancy. And Ben looked terrific in a kurta!

We also got invited to two Diwali dinners, one at our landlord’s house and one at a large outdoor event last night.  Our friend said that if we could digest the food we ate there, we are officially “in.” Neither of us have had any problems – sweet!  We have street cred now.  And, the food was delicious.

So, we are learning, praying for our friends, and enjoying every new experience we are privileged to have here!

I have to say that despite all the fun, I could never make it here without depending heavily on God in a way that I never have before. Some days it’s all fun and adventure, but other days I get lonely. Some days I get frustrated when things don’t happen the way I would like, or when the language barrier prevents me from communicating with the people I pray for every day. On those days when Satan pushes me to give up my joy, God always offers a way out. Not in a magic genie sort of way where I get everything I want, but in a subtle, reassuring way that gives me the strength to move on to the next day with a smile on my face. When I talk to God in prayer and read His Word, I am strengthened and encouraged. I am thankful that He is sustaining me here! He also uses my husband, friends and family to encourage me and remind me of what’s important.

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

8 thoughts on “Diwali

  1. What fascinating experiences you are having together. Jaimie, have you thought about writing a book as you go?
    Self publishing is in as your Mother-in-Love knows and me too.

    It’s so good that you are going to HIM for all you need each moment. Time with HIM is never wasted. He loves meeting with you over His Word. Just bask in His continual love!

  2. Jodi

    oh friend this sounds sooooo fun and new. I love these kinds of other-wortldly experiences where you have to check yourself to believe you are really there. thanks for sharing the joy.

    I equally loved your statement that God is with you- “not in a magic genie sort of way but in a subtle reassuring way that keeps a smile on your face”- these are words of wisdom and advice to truly take to heart. I pray I can do the same.

    Love you and miss you sister!!

  3. Debbie Langley

    I love your stories Jaimie! Thanks for sharing. Continue to be strong and know that you both are missed here at home. I am so inspired by your strong faith and true testiment that God is your portion. I continue to keep you and Ben in my prayers!!!

    • Thanks Debbie! We are learning so much here; it is difficult but also a huge blessing that is helping us build our faith. Glad to share what’s going on here, it’s so helpful to have friends who hear our updates and encourage us!

  4. Karen

    We love sharing your experiences in India. We also know it’s difficult at times. Always know that we think about and pray for you both every day. Miss you like crazy!! Stay strong in the Lord. Ephesians 3:16-19 Love, Mom & Dad

  5. Amy Sullivan

    Thank you for sharing your experiences in India, as well as your Spiritual lessons. I just caught up on your posts again. I know that lonely feeling. Just remember to listen to the Voice of Truth each day! We’re still praying for you daily. The kids say “hi”. They are missing you guys so much! Love you, Amy (p.s. Looking good in the sari and kurt a!)

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