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Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)
TITLE: THE LORD'S LIKE GOOD CHOCOLATE CANDY
By SYLVIA KING
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Missionary.That was not exactly a term I used when I referred to myself. Yet, I couldn’t deny I had just traveled from New York to Frankfurt,Germany.I was fixing to board a plane for Cologne, Germany. I'd been assured by our missions department that the German people spoke English quite well. Currently I wasn’t sure I believed what I had been told. The only English I had heard since I had gotten on the plane was “Hello.”
You have to understand I have no sense of direction and I’m on a plane with people that are not communicating in English. I’m in a country I had trouble locating on the globe. This was not a pretty scene. My prayer was very intense when prayed, “Lord, if there’s not some one to pick me up that knows who I am when we land I promise You that You are going to have one hysterical female on Your hands!”
I had been coached to follow the crowd to the baggage pick-up and someone would find me there. Sure enough, I turned around and a young man, barely out of his teens, says, “Me Albi, you Janie?” I’m not prone to kiss strangers but I was very tempted right then!
Sierre had been sent along because she spoke both languages. I was told we would make it back to the apartment complex where they had all of the Bible college students housed just in time for the evening service. There were eight American and eight German students. We would be canvassing the city with flyers in the daytime and having tent meetings in the evenings. The plan was to gather enough people together that a local pastor could stay behind and birth a new church They would then move us on to a new location.
Albi was the chauffeur. He put my baggage in the care and we crawled into his little “bug” and headed back to meet up with the rest of the group. He headed for the “Audubon.” This kid entered the ramp and slammed his foot down on the gas pedal and never looked back. For the record there is no speed limits on the Audubon!! I had survived getting from New York to Germany but at 110 mph I wasn’t sure that my chances were good that I’d get the rest of the way all in one piece.
I sat for a few seconds frozen to the car seat after we finally pulled up to our destination. Everyone was rushing about trying to get ready for the evening tent meeting. I just rolled with the tide. I sure didn’t understand everything that was being said . Thankfully Sierra did translate
some of the more important things.
It was the German students night to speak. Sierra was interpreting for all of the English speaking students. The speaker was sharing with the congregation how the Lord was like good candy. You would never know how good He was if you never tried Him. She was having chocolate covered cherries passed out to everyone in the congregation. We had all had chocolate covered cherries before so I put mine in my mouth and popped it just like I always do. Only this time my throat was on fire and I felt like I was strangling to death. I coughed and gasped for breath as my eyes were watering on their own free will. Have you ever tried to gracefully choke to death while the speaker is trying to convince the congregation that the Lord is like a good piece of chocolate candy? Later I learned that German chocolate covered cherries are filled with Schnapps’. I had never tasted liquor and I wasn’t prepared for the experience. The others waited until after service to try their “good” candy.
Many years have passed since I went on that missions assignment but I sure did learn a lot of lessons about life. God was my instructor. He had placed me in a situation where He had my full attention and complete dependency on Him. We need to loosen up and let Him be the leader and have His way. I can promise you that you won’t suffer from being bored..
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