This week I captured a rare photo of two sand barges passing on the Tonle Sap River. Believe it or not, they are identical ships. One is full of sand and travels in the depth of the river. The other is empty and skims across the surface of the river.
Seeing these two ships, one coming and one going, has made me reflect on my beginnings here 21 months ago. (We leave Cambodia in 26 days.) I came with a large amount of knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know how it works and why. I came with a fervent testimony of Jesus Christ. I came fortified with years of scripture study.
I also came with two huge suitcases and a carry-on loaded with things I knew I would need for the next several months. (I can't even remember what was in there!)
I have re-read and reflected on Jacob 5 and the Allegory of the Olive Tree.
I can't wait to see my family again but more importantly I want to develop stronger relationships. I have 21 grandchildren.... one I have never met. I have things to learn about them. I yearn for not only a weekly temple attendance schedule again but I want to draw nearer to the Savior with that attendance. I have Family History that is screaming for attention. I can now do these things differently with a depth that I never had before.
Even though my suitcases may come home lighter they will be filled to the brim. I can't say that I will be "filled" as if to say I am complete. There are still many more things for me to learn. I am grateful for sand barges and suitcases that have taught me about what is important in this life.
Thank you Cambodia. I came to this poor spot of the ground equipped to be the "teacher" but I have clearly been the "student" as I watch the Saints strive every day to make this a good spot of ground in the Lord's vineyard.