There are a few things that can really freak me out: snakes, bats and malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Last night we slept in the guest quarters of a missionary school that was built in the 1930’s. It has not been renovated (or even painted) since. While I wasn’t expecting hot water or a flush toilet, or even a lock on the door, I was unaware of some unexpected ‘guests’ sharing my space. While I attempted to sleep I thought my biggest problem was the buzzing mosquitoes around my head. I was totally unaware that there was a bat in our ceiling and 3 snakes on our doorstep. I am so glad that I was only concerned about the malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Pastor Moses and our hostess informed us of the snakes and the bat the next morning. Moses’ only company was frogs in his bathroom.
Tonight we are staying in a city Indian hotel. I’m still not expecting hot water, Internet or drinkable water, but I am happy to report there are no signs of bats or snakes. However I have already killed 2 mosquitoes and requested toilet paper from the front desk.
All in all, it is good that India has such gracious Christians that make this trip worthwhile.
The lesson is: what you don’t know still can hurt you! But the good news is that God knows all about it anyway and He has us covered! We’ll never know how much we didn’t know that He took care of for us. One day w may get a hint at how much, and that’ll be one of the reasons it’ll take all eternity for us to praise Him for it!
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Spend some time thanking God for all the things He does for you which you don’t even know about, all the bad He keeps from happening.