Journaling in Distant Lands; A Lack Thereof

100_1229I am chomping at the bit (see my wife if you don’t know what that means). There is no greater desire for me right now than to share with you all that was experienced in our trip to Senegal. With great respect for my pastor, I’ve finally almost reached the point where it will be allowed… praise the Lord! Something you should be aware of though…

Regarding the title, it will be easy for the reader to assume by “lack thereof,” the author here refers to the great disparity between the land of his travels and American culture, between the stuff each possesses and not so much does. The reader will want to read on.

The “lack thereof” the author writes of is instead his own instability in discerning what his eyes have seen and his ears have heard.

We begin at the end.

We are waiting and watching a clock refuse to move its hands, for the hour we look for is the hour when an airplane will, Lord willing, carry us safely back to our loved ones. We have been in Senegal for only ten days. Some have expressed that it seems to have been longer. I’ll not share who, but suffice it to say, I was one of them. We are all homesick. This is a hard land, and my respect for the Boyd family has been exponentially multiplied leaps and bounds.

It is in these moments that Matt will share what may be one of the most essential discourses of our journey. He shares many important words to prepare us for our departure; our return back into a culture and an economy far removed from his current world. Not the least in importance of these is how we will share of our journey with others.

Because it requires little effort to step out of American culture and form an invalid opinion of how others in other places live, our debriefing is meant to reign in and curb such meanderings. I recall Matt’s words from an earlier day, “You will see different things. Don’t judge them wrong just because they are different; maybe they are just different.”

The instruction our friend gives in these waning hours of our journey is to resist the temptation to believe we have become experts of Senegalese culture with our brief stay. He is so right. So much so, had he not shared these words, the stories you read of our journey would have been very different. They would have been distorted by my pre and post conceptions. I pray they will not be still.

Join me now then as I will try to share of how our God carried us into a new land, a land that can be described as nothing less than “outside the camp,” to bring us face to face with poverty in extreme, both physical and spiritual, and how much of that poverty we may find to be our own.

Series “Journaling in Distant Lands” continues Thursday April 3 2014.

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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5 Responses to Journaling in Distant Lands; A Lack Thereof

  1. Labeth says:

    I have eagerly awaited your writing about your jouney! Our family has prayed for the team before, during, and now after the trip. Praying for each of you as you have processed and refined your experience and prepare to share with all of us. Looking forward to what the Lord is going to do! Praying our hearts are receptive, and ready for change.

  2. I am looking forward to it. Thanks!!

  3. creativekim1 says:

    I am excited to hear what you will share from this journey to Senegal. We continue to pray for the work that our Lord did through this group of men during your stay in Africa… but also for the work that He will continue to do as you all come home.

  4. I look forward to the series!

  5. Equipping The Saints says:

    Thank you for all that you do for the cause of Christ. Blessings to you,
    Senior Pastor/Equipping the Saints
    Philip 3:10, “That I May Know Him”

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