I left Kenya with no problems, despite the unfortunate events that happened after my arrival there. Having forgotten to double-check if I had my preferred seat assignment, I was quite happy to find I did have a window seat. And I even ended up with the two seat row to myself.
Leaving the brown flatness of Nairobi, we quickly entered the white, cumulus clouds. I was disappointed to not be able to watch the landscape change so I settled for watching a show on the screen in front of me.
When the pilot announced our decent into Addis Ababa, I turned to stare at the brilliantly white, puffy clouds and waited for a glimpse of the country that is to be my new home. Clouds, clouds…decent, decent….*GASP* all of a sudden the clouds cleared and I felt like I had dropped into an aerial view of Willy Wonka’s land! But instead of bright, crazy colors I was greeted with deep, rich hues of a land vibrant with life. The rich green of the slight rolling hills, the dark, rich black of the plowed fields, the contrast of silver rivers snaking through the land, the large lake surrounded by fields, the groups of trees dotting the land…all framed by dazzling white clouds.
I sat there mesmerized, my breath taken away, as I gazed at the amazing beauty of the land in its rainy season. A picture wouldn’t do it justice and I was too enraptured to want to miss a second by digging for my camera. Then there started to be more distinction between the hills and I saw a few mountains pop into view as the city started to appear. I love Florida and beaches, but there is just something about mountains and the country that calls to me.
I can’t describe what happened inside me other than a mouth dropping “Wow!” and a “Be still my heart!” I’m excited to explore this creation God has made!