Posted by: whereintheworldismike | December 22, 2011

Heart Check

About 2 weeks ago I had the privilege of tearing out drywall for a new friend, automechanic Mr. Abe, who had recently met Jesus in a dream. I really enjoyed my time with Mr. Abe and the whole crew. We were able to get all the old, moldy drywall out and off to the dump–huge and awesomely organized–and were ready to drive back to the train station and get a shower and a rest. We were traveling on a dark road and the rain got harder and harder.

Now it’s been my experience that a lot of Christians have let some Hindu theology get into them. I say this because we sometimes have this unspoken thought that if we are serving Christ and people we should experience convenience and smooth sailing. Anyway, we were moving along when we decided we needed to turn around due to a change in plans. In the dark, our car went over a mini-embankment and we got stuck–unable to go forward or go back!

We ended up spending a couple of hours waiting for help and then as the help spent about an hour getting us unstuck, Keishi, Eric, and I were getting soaked to the bone and talking and enjoying the Lord’s presence in the midst of it all. It came to me that this was a sort of heart check. Could we stay in the Spirit exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in the rain and mud? I told the brothers it was like a heart test and they both laughed and we all started raising both hands and saying “Hallelujah!” What fun and just like James 1:2 says, “Count it all joy, brothers, when you encounter trials of various kinds, knowing that the testing of your faith results in perseverance….” Here’s a pic of Keishi and Eric:

Singing "Hallelujah!" in the rain


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