This morning as I read my devotional I found myself thinking about the many people I love who consider my faith foolishness, and remembered the words of Jim Elliot, the missionary who died to share the good news of Jesus with Aucca Indians. He wrote, “He is no fool who gives up what he can’t keep to gain what he can’t loose.”
And that turned my thoughts to the wonder in my heart when I first came to Israel, and when God opened the doors for me to spend 6 weeks in China. Why? I was meditating on 1Cor. 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
I was and still am the “foolishness” of God! I was told that I would never be able to live in Israel.. But God opened the door and gave me citizenship which I did not ask for! I had been granted temporary residency and one day got my mail, and there was my citizenship certificate!
I had been told that Chinese people look down on fat people and that it was wishful thinking to want to work with Chinese people from the mainland, and foolishness to want to live in China for any period of time, with my weight I would never be able to do it and I would not be respected. But again, He opened the door and in 1995 I not only was able to work in China for a few weeks, but rode a bike to work every day! And now for almost 20 years, have the continued joy of teaching BA, MA, PhD, and post-doc students from the mainland… And it is one of the most rewarding experiences I am privileged to still have.
I was told I would never get married. I was told no one could ever love anyone like me. But God proved those words to be foolishness, and I was married to a wonderful man who brought me into his family, and now I have the privilege and responsibility of being a stepmother to my family in the US, and Godmother (Kaima) to my Chinese family in Israel, and am part of the greater family I have in my Messiah.
Today is April Fools day in many parts of the world. Today, I am so thankful that I am God’s foolishness, which is wiser than the wisdom of the world, and I am thankful to be considered a fool for believing in my savior and Messiah Jesus. (Posted from my iPad, so if any typos, can only correct them later.)