Friday, July 19, 2013

What A Difference A Week Makes!

One week… that doesn’t seem like a long time.  But when you traverse almost 8,000 miles and ONE week, it could be much more than you think!
Just last week I was enjoying coffee each morning that was brewed in a Keurig coffee machine.  If I didn’t get a cup at home, then I would drive through and get a pretty good cup of Joe at my office in town – McDonald’s.  Less than I week ago I could have enjoyed a good cup at Heathrow International Airport, if only I had known then what I know now.
This was last week…
Washington Coffee
One week later…
Brewing coffee
The coffee only serves to accentuate the difference in life at home and life in Liberia.  They are as vastly different as Keurig and an old-fashioned percolator coffee pot.  It dawns on me that some of you probably have never seen a percolator before.  My dad made coffee in one of these when I was a young boy.  In fact, my first cup of coffee was probably brewed in one of these fancy pots.
Yesterday, we drove from our house to see where a certain church was located.  It was probably less than 5 miles away in distance, but it took us an hour to get there.  We went through a market where there were literally thousands of people, cars, and motorcycles!  The truth of the matter is that it was really a dangerous place to be.  We were pressed in the traffic – bumper-to-bumper and side-to-side.  Motorcyclists expertly (and some not so expertly) weaved their way in what few and extremely small open places there were between the cars.  And the people, aye there were so many!  I was pretty nervous and vowed to NEVER travel that road again, fully knowing that I may have to some day! 
As we sit here this morning, enjoying our devotional and coffee, our prayer is for each one of you to enjoy God’s peace, joy, and happiness.  That you will find your fulfillment in Him.  And that you, too, will realize that although the coffee may be brewed in drastically different ways, it still tastes good (or “good-O” as they say in Liberia), and so does life!  Oh, and we must never forget that those thousands of people in the market – they  need to know Jesus – the reason we are here!

Thursday, July 18, 2013