Just before Heaven Admin invited me to South Africa, I had finished reading a book that takes place in Africa. In Kenya. The name of the book is Nowhere in Africa by Stephanie Zweig. It is an autobiographical novel. It was also made into a movie.
In both of these books, what stood out for me was how the native Africans absolutely loved the people they took care of. This was love. In Out of Africa, the beautiful man who served Isak just naturally wanted to go with her when she returned to Denmark. There was far more involved for him in serving than a pay check. Love just was, and it was for always. Love did not begin and end. Love was. Love is.
In Nowhere in Africa, the same thing happened. When the family returned to Europe, Owour wanted to go with them, not for himself but for them. Who would take care of them if he didn't go?
But before that, when the family had been forced to move to an internment camp in Africa, Owour walked/ran I don't know how many miles in order to continue to take care of the family his heart loved. He wasn't asked to. He wasn't expected to. This was love, and Owour knew nothing else.
In Nowhere in Africa, the native people are described as not knowing any difference between life and love and laughter. What a wonderful thing -- equating life with love and laughter instead of pain and suffering!
There is another book that takes place in Africa that I have read several times. I consider it a must-read. It is A Story Like the Wind by Laurens Van der Post. Here there is a friendship with the boy, Francois, and Xhabbo, a little Bushman whose life Francois saves. Xhabbo teaches Francois what the living spirit needs. I will have to read the book again because I don't remember what Xhabbo taught, although it must have something to do with God.
It is like, until Heaven Admin's invitation to South Africa, that I didn't knew how much I wanted to go Africa.
I had the same thing with Godwriting™ in that I didn't know how deeply I desired it until Godwriting™ started appearing!
I am so grateful for the turns life has taken. I also have to wonder how it is possible that such good fortune can come my way. I think it's miracle.