I’m looking forward to seeing this again when we leave for Asia in less than two weeks: (I know it’s shaky and inadequate but the communist government took all the good footage)
We won’t only be in communist Vietnam and China this year but also the Muslim nations of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Communists are political power-mongers; they wouldn’t hurt an American citizen. Brunei, on the other hand, is the only country I will have ever visited (so far) that is under Sharia Law. I don’t expect to be nabbed for a harem or anything but women there have little value as thinking, responsible human beings. I’m braced for some interesting encounters. Friends and family here in the U.S. are already praying for our safety AND for a tsunami of spiritual awakening.
I was just thinking this week that the best experiences in life happen when you’re living WAY outside you’re comfort zone, doing what you never could have imagined or planned. In fact, comfort and predictability are highly over-rated. We might say we like the control of neat, little schedules, quaint houses, and tidy budgets but, just consider; if we’re comfortable, we don’t want to move. Like it talks about in Newton’s Law of Kinetic Energy… an object at rest wants to stay at rest; it resists movement. Likewise an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by a force equal to its mass times acceleration (F=ma).
I love the study of energy, partly because I have a ton of it, partly because I think all natural laws are applicable to the human spirit. If we don’t move, we fear more, expect less, resist change and acquire fat, cumbersome assets. It’s a vicious cycle. Everything that scripture lists as signs of life are extinguished in us if we don’t move. How can your heart beat if you don’t move? How can you feel if you cut off the circulation of life-giving blood to parts of your body? (yeah, there are some definite spiritual analogies in there)
I’m looking forward to moving a lot in coming months. It’ll be the exercise of a lifetime. Goodbye comfortable; I’m leaving for a two-month work-out!