Thankful for being “Dry-ish”

It has been raining here for the past 48 hours almost nonstop. This morning I woke up and I heard the rain pounding on our zinc roof. My mind quickly went to the village and thought of those villagers who are missing all or part of their roofs. I said a familiar prayer, “Lord, thank you for a roof over our head.”

When I was back in the states, I prayed that prayer every once in a while, but, I don’t think I really had a deep appreciation for my roof. Then I got here. I saw the condition of some of the villagers houses and heard the stories of how their roofs leaked when it rained. I would lay in bed at night and listen to rain pounding on our roof and it is here where I developed a deep appreciation for God’s provision of a few pieces of zinc.

It is so damp and we have a few cracks in between the plywood of our house that every piece of cloth is just “dry-ish”. I was quick to complain. Until I was reminded that being “dry-ish” is not such a bad thing. The roof over our heads that could possibly be gone tomorrow if God wills it, is keeping our family from being damp, or soaking wet. There is a good possibility that I’m living in luxury compared to other people in the world.

Thank you Lord, for “dry-ishness”.

7 thoughts on “Thankful for being “Dry-ish”

  1. Evan

    Thanks for this reminder and insight!!! XOXO

  2. Donna Chapman

    You reminded me to thank God for the roof over my head, too. Thank you Mel. Hope your Thanksgiving a a day of praise to God for all his blessings….you and the original Pilgrims have a lot in common this year 🙂

  3. When you first talked of going to Belize, I did not realize how primative the living would be. Mel a city girl! John a computer whiz. Who would have thought it!
    Has to be a mission of love.

  4. Valerie Wilson

    Here in the US we have this idea that we need “stuff” to be happy. You are living proof, Melissa, that one needs little in the way of “stuff” as long as you have the love of God, family, and friends. I hope you know how much you are loved!!
    Val XO

    “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

  5. Paul & Phyllis Hull

    Thanks for reminding me that I need to be thankful for what I take for granted. I complain because we have a leak in our breeze way roof. I focus more on my wants instead of my needs. Blessings for your day.

  6. marty m

    We all have so much to be thankful as we enter into Thanksgiving week. Praying for you and those in Gales Point who are suffering greatly.


    Hi. Gr. Ma and I experienced a pounding rain on a zinc coated roof in 1986 at Aracaju, Brasil airport; had to shout to the person next you to make him hear. Take extra care at this time of high moisture and warm temperatures—bacteria, yeast and mold grow very rapidly in those conditions. Assume our great grandchildren are doing well. We pray the Lord will bless your work and your lives—great dedication.
    The steady rain reminds me after a week on Leyte, late Dec. 1944, I packed my wet clothes for a two week ride to Luzon. One thing for sure, the coconut trees had ample water. Love you guys

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