We woke up to a series of deafening booms. The fog of sleep made it difficult to figure out what was happening. The room lit up and a clap of thunder accompanied a downpour. My question was answered: it was a spring thunderstorm.
It didn’t take long to figure out the lightning strikes had disabled our phone, cable, and internet connections. And for some reason, our first floor heating unit was no longer working.
An unusual day
I don’t know how many times I paused by the computer to check my email or scan the latest news, only to remember that we had no internet access. It was a strange feeling to be cut off from everyone.
Fortunately, my husband and I still had an iPad and cell phones, so were able to connect with the outside world. Time to contact our cable company to report the problem.
After making some general recommendations that failed to restore our connections, the service person scheduled a technician to come out and take a look. The problem? The first available appointment was 3 days away.
Taking things for granted
In our instant, tech-savvy society, I realize I take a lot for granted. I automatically assume the temperature in our house will be just right – warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Internet access will always be available. And I expect our phone and TV to work without a hiccup.
I’m reminded that these conveniences aren’t readily available in some parts of the world. I think of missionary friends who willingly leave these things behind as they follow God.
What I learned
l) No comforts of home:
Being without modern conveniences helped me remember to pray for those new to the mission field. Moving is hard enough. Moving to a foreign country and a different culture has to stretch even the strongest person.
Jim and Autumn Roberts and their kids came to mind. No doubt the food in India is new and unusual. Daily power outages may be common. And friends and family are thousands of miles away.
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Matthew 8:20
*Thank you, missionaries, for doing without the comforts of home!
Every time I put on my jacket before going downstairs, I thought of missionaries in countries where the temperatures can be extreme.
I remember Pastor Gardner mentioning the intense heat in Burkina Faso, and how Keith and Rebecca Shumaker and their family had lived without air-conditioning for years. And how the Taube and Tolson families have experienced extreme cold in China.
*Thank you, missionaries, for putting up with less than ideal weather!
3) No help:
It was frustrating to realize no matter how much we talked to the service person, our cable issue wouldn’t be resolved until the technician came and identified the problem.
I can only imagine a missionary’s frustration as he/she struggles to learn a foreign language. I think of Philip and Lori Bassham and their daughter as they finalize all the preparations for their trip to Thailand. And Mark and Amy Coffey and their family leaving for South Africa in June. No doubt these families will spend countless hours learning and practicing the languages.
*Thank you, missionaries, for stepping out of your comfort zones!
4) Lots of hope:
I hope our cable, internet, and phone services will be restored soon. That’s a minuscule hope. What a privilege it is to be a sender – able to partner with missionaries who are impacting lives in other countries with the greatest hope of all: Jesus Christ.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15
*A HUGE thank you to all the missionaries who are sharing the truth of the gospel with people around the world.
Love in Christ,
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your work, either as a goer or a sender. Forgive me when I take things for granted and get focused on being comfortable. Help me to pray for the missionaries both on deputation and already on the field. Please let Your Word affect the hearts and lives of people around the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
*Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker and is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. She lives in sunny Georgia with her husband and daughter, two dogs and two cats. Visit her on the web and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter!