Since Thursday night I’ve been unplugged from the Internet.
I realize this morning how much I rely on the Web for information and communication. And how much it makes me rely on the Lord – – – for stuff I have NO control over anyway. I don’t know if my family is well or ill. I don’t know if a new crisis has struck or not. I don’t even know if UVa won or lost… Oh how we like and depend upon knowing.
It should make me more prayerful, but in my flesh I gripe more.
It should make me more dependent, but in my flesh it makes me try to contrive ways to get online.
God help us learn to trust you.
I’ve been reading through the Kings in my reading plan. And I discover that those guys who failed over and again to follow God and try to control were no different than I. Thankfully Paul understood.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
I do give thanks for…
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
(Romans 7:24-8:1 ESV)
Thanks be to God!
Also, it seems I’m online!
I took this shot near the airport, it’s a glimpse of an old ride and what seems to be a typical neighborhood in the outskirts of the city.
Our group is split up all over town in guest houses. A colleague and I are in the guest house of an engineer and and economist. We learned from these folks that there are 3 needs of the people: food, housing and medicine. They and their countrymen hope that the lifting of the embargo will help them in the first and third need.
They’re putting a lot of hope in Obama’s visit in a couple of days. We’ll see.
My hope is in the Lord and His church that we’re here to learn more about. Very encouraging stuff so far. More later about the broad range of Evangelicsls that may be as much as 30%!
Cuba is famous for its old cars. This old
Lada Moskvitch [thx to Gabor for the correction in comment – it turned out there were as many of this manufacturer as the old Lada] was the first pic I took after we finally got out of the airport. Wow. Communist beurocratic systems are alive and well here!
Note the old rides in front of Jose Martis airport.
And this one…
Then to a late lunch…
Mediterranean style octopus.
Later we met with the leader of an evangelical seminary that has 300+ students. Gained a great understanding of things spiritual here.
Jesus’ followers are alive and thriving in Cuba!
So our doctoral study group is headed to Cuba …
We’re going to visit ministry sites!
BUT there seem to be issues with our visas to get in, so as things are sorted out here in Miami, please pray!!!
We’re boarding!!! Off we go!!!
When your baby (or a nearby baby) keeps you up at night we get to choose our reaction.
We can choose, in our sleep deprived condition to love and care and pray. Choose. To. Pray.
Choose to care.
Choose to love.
We can choose to complain and be frustrated and risk slipping into bitterness against those we should be caring for and loving… and even a developing bitterness against even God.
Choose not to have a complaining spirit. Rather, choose to care for and love and pray for those crying babes wether they be 6 months, 6 years or 6 decades.
Don’t judge those don’t measure up to YOUR standard.
Rather, pray FOR them to submit joyfully to the will of the Father.