No Need to Worry
Streets were clogged with traffic. The aroma of unfamiliar foods filled the air. Stifling heat slowed our steps as we struggled to breathe. My husband and I were in a foreign country and we needed phones. Just ahead we saw a large building with billboards that promised all kinds of phones. With great anticipation we entered the store. However, we were not expecting so many floors with countless vendors, all selling phones. Culture shock, jet lag, and a wave of homesickness washed over me. I gripped my husband’s arm and said, “I need to get out of here!”
Our first attempt at shopping in Bangkok had gone awry. The following day we met a new friend who could speak English. With his advice we were able to return to the phone mall and get just what we needed.
While filling an interim position in the South Pacific, we had another experience in shopping abroad. Cyclone Pam had ravaged several islands of Vanuatu. We were still without electricity, but the main grocery store on the island had their’s restored. They had just announced that they were going to be open the next day. I could hardly wait to shop again. However, the mostly bare shelves shocked me. I wavered between thankfulness for canned goods and despair because there were no eggs, no fresh meat, and almost no produce.
A few days later humanitarian organizations began arriving with meat and fresh produce. In both these circumstances my first impulse was to be anxious, but God proved to be faithful to his promise. “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
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