Tonight I’m staying at the home of some missionary friends, Brent and Suzanne Meyers in Johannesburg South Africa. They graciously have taken me in for the night as I have a 24 hour layover here (I have another 24 hour layover in London … which makes life difficult when I miss Karen and the kids so much). It has been nice to get back to paved roads, clean water and food that I can trust won’t give me the runs for the next decade.
This evening I was able to join their family at a worship night put on by their church which encouraged me immensely. It was 5 bands, very much like our bands at MTC and they sang the same songs we would sing. Here’s the difference; every family has a crazy story about crime. The pastors wife has been shot, the worship leaders car has been car-jacked, the family sitting beside us has had their house robbed by gunpoint. You might think “Brad must be visiting a rough part of town” but the truth is I’m staying in a middle-class compound where there are bars on each window, a panic alarm, armed guards and watch dogs that are supposedly friendly (I’m not taking the chance to find out). We drove by an Audi R8 and a Rolls Royce on the way in … The place is nice.
Why do I tell you this? I share this first of all because I value living in Canada more because of this trip. It’s my home and I’m very proud to be a Canadian.
Secondly (and more important) is that I value the relationship I have with God. When I asked the Meyers “why and how do you deal with this?” Their response is something I value ; “God has called us here and we rest in Him. He brings us peace. It doesn’t mean we don’t take every procaution necessary to ensure our safety but at the end of the day we sleep well and enjoy life knowing that God is much bigger than our fear and therefore we rest in Him no matter what the outcome”
I am encouraged today and will sleep well knowing the same thing.