Saturday, February 6, 2016

San Jose, Growing on Me

Yeah.  We used the title from the old Dionne Warwick tune for the title of our first post in this series.  I couldn't resist.  

That's the church entrance in our illustration.  The gate is typical of San Jose houses.  We'll talk about that more, in a future post.

San Jose is built in a valley, surrounded by mountains. So, while I'm checking out the effects of the city's altitude on my COPD, there's terrain that's even higher. As well, there are a lot of hills within the city.  

San Jose was founded in 1738.  The condition of some of the sidewalks show it's an old city.  And a poor one. That goes along with the gates, as we'll see, later in the series.

Day 4:

This was easy.  A day of rest.  I had a great time of resting in the Lord, studying, meditating, talking with some of the people in the hostel.  And letting my ankle unswell.  One of the physical issues that will play into a decision to move here or not.. I've mentioned, in past posts, that I have both a physical handicap and a combination of COPD and emphysema.  Plus I've allowed myself to get out of shape.

All of those things will play into my decision to either stay where I am or head for San Jose permanently.  I completely trust God in this, but I also know that God is sovereign.  Just because He can do something doesn't mean He will.  God's omniscience may see situations where I'm better off or someone else will grow spiritually if I'm healed.  Or if I'm moving forward without physical healing.  The two things I know for sure are that God knows what He's doing and I'll be blessed, no matter what.

Day 5:

Friday is always church team meeting day.  The usual routine is to take a bus downtown, walk some seven blocks crosstown to catch another bus to near Pastor Mike's home.  Prayer, discussion, fellowship, and good food.  Sounds like my favorite verse.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Genesis 14:18 (KJV)  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

OK.  So, I'm pushing it a little.  Christians do have a sense of humor.  We know that Pastor Mike or Pastor Brent aren't in the exact same group as Melchizedek.  The order of Melchizedek is a very exclusive membership of two.  But the point is that Christianity and ministry is supposed to be fun. There are always the tough times, the hard cases, the decisions we'd all love to get through as quickly as possible.  Even at those worst of times we can think with God and find there's a blessing.

Proverbs 23:7a (KJV)  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

The tail end of that verse has a negative connotation.  But the beginning, by itself, can go either way.  And that's really the point.  No matter what the circumstances, our mindset will determine how we deal with them.  We determine if we overcome or not.  Sure, it's really God who allows the circumstances and the opportunities.  But He also gave us free will to deal with our circumstances as we choose.  And that means He allows us our own option to move in any direction, unimpeded. Which gives weight to our own decisions.  Choose wisely.

Day 6:

This city and this ministry are very easy to get busy with.  There's so much to see and so much to do.  My ankle was acting up, forcing another day of rest.  It allowed me some time to absorb all I'd seen and done.  And to put my thoughts into words.  I'm certain I love San Jose and its people.

The thought strikes my mind that, as different as San Jose may be from what I'm used to, there's a universality to every city.  There may be differences based on local resources and the personality of the people, but there is also so much that's familiar to every city.  Maybe because we all started in one place, a very long time ago.

1 comment:

  1. Great post my friend. I needed the thoughts you shared.

    I'm hid with Christ!