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Topic: MISSION (01/30/20)
TITLE: The Flight of the Librarian
By Kristina LeCroy
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Sarah felt like everyone was watching her as she climbed out of the taxi and grabbed her backpack and carry-on. She looked around her at the busy airport as she walked in to find her gate.
So many people were walking by: business people, families with rowdy kids, college students who looked like they didn’t have a care in the world. As she walked a few people made eye contact, however most would then look away as if it were an unspoken rule that you should not look someone in the eye that you did not know. That was fine with her, she really just wanted to get on the plane and get to her destination, then she would be able to calm down.
Her gate was the furthest from the place she was dropped off. The walking and time alone allowed her to think about what she was doing. She didn’t want to think about it. Once she made up her mind about something she preferred the band-aid method of just getting it done. Sarah never liked having too much time between her decision and follow through. She was worried that she would change her mind and not finish what she set out to do.
Oh dear Lord, what if I get caught? That was not what she needed to think about. Maybe it wouldn’t be too bad, they might just tell her to leave and not come back. She wouldn’t like that, but it was way better than what happened to others.
Sarah was caught up in her internal debate when someone bumped into her and she dropped the handle to her carry-on. The college aged guy that ran into her gave a quick, “sorry”, over his shoulder as he kept going the other direction.
She picked her bag up and moved toward one of the walls to take a deep breath. Nothing needed to happen to this bag. The contents were way too important and were the reason she was even going on this trip in the first place. Many people probably wouldn’t understand, but the people at her destination… yes, those people were why she was putting herself at risk and doing this.
Lord, help me to know that you are with me. That I don’t need to be afraid. That even if something goes wrong, it’s all in your will and not mine. Sarah took a deep breath. Now more resolute in her decision, she squared her shoulders and kept moving.
Finally she made it to the international check in. This was the first checkpoint that she had to go through, although the people on this side probably wouldn’t even care if they knew what she had. At one point during the process one of the workers commented on all of her books.
“I’ve never seen so many classics in one bag!” the worker exclaimed. “War and Peace, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anne of Green Gables. Are you a librarian?”
Sarah smiled, “something like that”.
After getting all of her things put back in order she made it to her gate. A short while later she was on the plane. She tried sleeping during the long trip, but she was too full of nervous energy. I’m doing it!
Four days later in a small, secret gathering of friends a box was placed on the table. They opened it and passed the books out. There weren’t enough books for everyone so they decided to give one book per family until they received some more.
Even though the jackets were different, they all knew the content was all the same.
One of the leaders turned to Sarah. “Thank you for bringing us God’s word. This means more than we could ever express.”
Sarah went home from that trip promising herself to do more for God and His kingdom. She felt rather guilty the first time a missionary had brought it to her attention how many people did not have Bibles in the world, knowing that she herself had five and did not use any of them as much as she should. She prayed and decided to do something about it. She would continue to do so until she was unable to travel. It was worth it, Lord. Helping others, seeing their excitement over being able to read your word. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this.
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