Friday morning I woke up early. It was going to be a long day. I needed to see the chiropractor, then take Cee to the hospital to pick up some papers, visit her husband (who is in hospital), and then take her to a specialist for additional consultation on her husband’s condition. Somewhere in there, I needed to get my lesson ready for my Chinese students and maybe put my feet up for a few minutes and relax.
It was one of those days when everything went smoothly and ended with that fulfilling sense of “yes.” While I did not get a parking space the first time around, I found one on the second pass, and was able to wait without blocking traffic, while Cee finished up at the restaurant. We got to the hospital, and found a good place to park. She needed to see a doctor who is very hard to find, we walked in, and she just about walked into him! Getting paperwork done for consultation, we went up to see her husband and encourage and pray with him. Then off to the specialist. Would you believe? He remembered when her family first came to Israel during the time of Begin’s government, the first restaurant started by her father, and her sister being in the army! He was able to clarify Vinh’s diagnosis, and point us in the right direction to get Vinh the help he needs. Next stop, a nice visit together over lunch, NOT at her restaurant. First time in ages we were able to just visit and share and relax together.
Got her back to work, and I got home with just enough time to prepare my lesson for my students. One of my students, Yuting brought several of her watercolor paintings. She is an amazingly gifted young lady and I was so blessed that she trusted me enough to bring them for me see. She, another student Qi and I had a fun lesson focusing on how to handle “boring” passages of scripture. All started by the question, “According to what we read in Mark chapter 1, was being around Jesus boring?” They both answered “No.” And that hit me with the verbalized thought, then why, if the Bible is God’s word to us, do we sometimes find it hard to get into, and sometimes yawn, and want to read something more exciting. Together, we realized that it is mostly our attitude and preconceptions, and we enjoyed looking at some troubling passages in Judges and the genealogies to find hidden pearls of truth, apparent only when you STUDY scripture, not just read it.
How thankful I was we did this lesson, as I learned that Qi would be returning to China next week. After dropping him and another student off at the university, I realized that this is part of the richness and joy of life… to become a part of people’s lives whether for years (Cee), or only briefly (Yuting and Qi), to be able to encourage them and be a small part of helping them grow in the Lord.
Then, today, at the end of the weekly worship meeting, an acquaintance from 30 years ago came to say hello. He lives in the north of Israel with his family, and was so excited to see me and learn that I still am following my Savior. As we talked, I learned he is working in technical writing, and he was in need of advice on how to show added value to his company. We talked for a few moments and he concluded, “These 5 minutes were worth this whole trip, you’ve helped me so much and now I think I know how to deal with things…”
Days like these are a wonderful gift from God. A reminder that He has us here for good works planned long ago for us to do. There is no secular… all is sacred before Him, whether it is encouraging someone in the faith, helping someone get a break from the stress of life, or providing advice that will help them in their livelihood. God is part of it all. And He puts His YES in us and gives it through us to others… “Yes I am here,” “Yes I care,” “Yes, everything is important to me,” “Yes, you belong to me.”
Tomorrow is Shavuot — the feast of weeks. Pentecost, the giving of the Holy Spirit, God’s Yes to the world as He inaugurated the church through His spirit. To tell the world, “Yes, I AM.”
I hope and pray you too will have days like these, rejoicing in the Yes of God.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
(2 Corinthians 1:19-22 ESV)