Whelp, I don’t have Syphilis…

….not that it was at all a concern. :0

But in order to be a teacher in Thailand and get your legitimate work permit, you have to be tested for syphilis.  So tested I was, and…. I passed!  With flying colors.

hahahaha, I’m seriously cracking myself up right now.  But that really happened.

I also don’t have rabies.  Which was maybe more of a concern than the syphilis as I was bit on the hand by a leashed squirrel.


It was one of those ‘this would only happen to Samara’ situations…

I was on Chiang Mai University’s campus on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and walked up to a group of students who appeared to be filming some sort of…something.  One of the students was holding a squirrel on a leash.

I went up to that student to ask what they were filming (I secretly wanted to be part of the video…) and the crazed squirrel jumped off the girls hand into my hair.  It was scurrying around on my shoulders trying to get out of my hair while in my head I was repeating:

‘Be calm Samara, be calm.’

When it finally found it’s way out of my hair, he ran down my arm, bit my hand and was quickly removed by it’s owner, who then scurried herself away.

It all happened really fast and was a little bit hard to believe.

But, no rabies here!



The past three or so weeks in Thailand have been some of the most trying weeks of my stay here*.

It has seemed as if our lives have been constantly changing and under constant stress since I have returned home from America.  Our since of routine and normalcy has been completely thrown off, people we have grown to love and trust have been taking away from us or have proven themselves to be untrustworthy.  Relationships have shifted.

All that said, I stand amazed.

I’ve been through the ups and downs in life.  All of us have.  But, in this season of testing and trials, I can confidently sing:

On Christ the solid rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”

Maybe that’s horribly corny.  (Probably.)  But, it has been so true.

Through the midst of this season of ups and downs and changes and stresses, I have been blown away by the steadfastness of the Lord.

While everything else is shifting and sinking and waves are crashing–He is steady.  My foundation is firm.

As David said, “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I will not be moved.”

Perhaps I didn’t pass all the ‘tests’ that were thrown at us this last season as well as I passed my syphilis or rabies tests, perhaps this season isn’t even over yet… perhaps life on the missions field will forever be filled with trials and stresses and disappointments and hurts.  Perhaps.

But, I think that’s ok.  The peace that passes understanding and the joy that comes in the morning have made the lows more than worth it.


Paul Birdsong. This is for you.



*They have been the most challenging weeks due to circumstances and situations beyond my control and not due to my poor attitude.  🙂


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4 responses to “Whelp, I don’t have Syphilis…

  1. talkcup

    I’m happy you don’t have any diseases! 😀

  2. gramma Sharon

    you are too funny, Samara
    you are cracking me up! lol
    it does not look like that white stuff over your mouth is soap bubbles from the kitchen sink….

  3. Paul

    That was awesome. Glad you don’t have syphilis.

  4. You crack me up, sunshine.

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