Summer in Africa


Hidden Treasures.
July 3, 2010, 9:25 pm
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week [two].

More peaches, more story telling, more quests to “the castle”, more hugs, more serving, more LIFE .

This week included a visit to the city of blue doors  (& men of red shirts.)

And seeking Tunisia’s hidden beauty.

My search was surely rewarded.

I am amazed every morning when I wake up and begin to live another day amongst families who have dedicated their lives to serving Christ.  It is neither glorious nor thrilling to the subjective eye and it is surely not without angst or tears. Yet, I can assure it is a life worthy of pursuing. I am beginning to see the depth of God’s purpose for man.

My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you,

Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures;

Then you will discern the fear of the LORD

And discover the knowledge of God.”

It is the alternative journey only an exceptional few of us choose to embark. It consists of selling everything and saying goodbye. The disciples were the first of their kind. They left their boats and their dead unburied all to follow man walking in the other direction. We call it missions, but  I believe a more suitable name is followers of Christ.

When I begin to think about the disciples, the pedestal I put them on starts to swell. I think their calling was greater, the purpose was more substantial, and their accomplishments far beyond my capability. I deem that they truly discovered what it like to search for treasure.

It the book of Mark Jesus begins to preach. A crowd of 5,000 has accumulated. We all know the story. When dusk begins to set, Jesus askes his disciples to prepare dinner. In the middle of nowhere, with no food, and no Fry’s/Dillion’s supermarket on the corner with a conveniently located Starbucks, their response all in unison is to mock the request. Yet, with 5 loaves and 2 fish, all things become possible. A miracle takes place and this is the climax of the story we remember.

It seems incredible and our tendencies begin to filter that “Christianity” was truly only meant for the disciples.  However, how many of us recall this same story taking place a second time. If you continue to read, it is explained that they had just fed 5000 people with 5 loaves  and two fish and not long after they were asked to feed 4000. This time, with 7 loaves and a few more fish on hand. With the odds in their favor, I expected this to be a nobrainer. Yet, just as in the first case the disciples stood defeated when Jesus asked them to accomplish the task.  Just like that our heroes become ordinary. They had forgotten about God’s control. They had been consumed with worry and doubt. They had ceased to seek for her as silver and hidden treasures. And, in that, we are just like the disciples.

I am reminded that God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary. Even the disciples didn’t understand at times. So what am we waiting for? What book is waiting to be picked off the shelf? We have been called. We have a purpose. And we are capable. It is time we begin to seek the silver and search for the treasure. It is time we sell it all, say goodbye, and become a followers of Christ.

God I pray for my brothers and sisters, that we can be like Paul and Barnabas who not only suffered but rejoiced together. I pray we begin to see you and your truth. Allow us to give over control. Strengthen our faith. Stir in us a longing to seek you with desire and passion. God all Glory is yours, watch over my brother and sisters.

Mark 4:19

-B

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