A lot of my appointments were cancelled and everyone seemed so busy... way too busy to hang out with an American ginger.
One of my pet peeves since I arrived on this archipelago is the major culture difference found when looking at time. People will cancel appointments a minute before or even thirty minutes after we were suppose to meet up. It's wild. Even after a year and a half, it's hard for me to wrap my American mind around it. Each week, I at least have one appointment cancelled this way. It's taught me patience and grace to say the least.
Although this week was a bit of a drag... great things happened, too.
I'm meeting with my best friend here for discipleship once a week. And, hanging out with her just about every other day. It's such a blessing to have a good friend. I also hosted a few study sessions at my apartment. If you mention air conditioning and merienda (snack)... it isn't usually too hard to have a get-together. We each had our own study material and just enjoyed being in each other's company. I made homemade cinnamon rolls, and we enjoyed some good hot tea. Another highlight of the week was talking with Stephen and Patrick.
I finished Bonhoeffer's latest biography this week, too. It rocked. Everyone should pick up a copy. Metaxas did an awesome job writing, "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich." Bonhoeffer was one of the guys in the conspiracy against Hitler. He was a pastor and a life-time learner. As we would say in today's language... Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a baller. No doubt.
His life is inspiring. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from this guy.
"Absolute seriousness is never without a dash of humor."
"Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing Gods will."
"Death is the supreme festival on the road to freedom."
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
"Do not defend God's word; testify to it."
Those quotes are just a teaser... now go snag a copy of the book for yourself.
"A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your way, and in abundance of counselors there is victory." Proverbs 24:5-6
"We give thanks to you, O God, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds." Psalm 75:1
"The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." 2 Timothy 4:18
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