Long arduous days working in the same place, day in and day out, for seven months. Not a noticeable trace of fatigue, or irritability. Who wouldn’t grow weary of serving those who don’t truly take notice? But Edward from India wasn’t serving people, he was serving God. Or at least that’s how it appeared to me. One can’t serve like that if it doesn’t come from God. He modeled how Christ served, humbly, and with a cheerful heart. He washed our feet with enthusiasm and wiped them dry with the cloth of cheerfulness. Yep, he works for the King.
“If for any reason, you don’t like your dinner, at any time my dear, please let me know, and I will get you something else.”
“My dear…… reminds me of my friend who is from India.” I replied.
Turns out they are both from Goa, India.
Each night, David and I learned more about our new friend. We watched him lovingly serve others. He laughed and danced with the kids in the dining room. He remembered every guest’s name and their food preferences. He showed us pictures of his lovely wife in India, and talked about their dreams of starting a family soon.
Edward’s heart was longing for home. But here’s the deal about Edward; he pours his heart into being present. He finds contentment in his circumstances. He presses in and presses on. He finds joy in his moments. That’s exactly what Scripture teaches us.
The apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:12-13, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
What Edward taught me was how to model that scripture.
Our trip neared it’s end. We exchanged our email addresses, and our goodbyes with Edward.
As we left the dining room on our last night, his smile radiated from afar. I prayed that my heart would remember how to joyously serve like my new friend. Just like that. And bury the “secret of being content” deep within my soul.