Showing posts from April, 2017

Heavenly Homesickness

It's a rainy afternoon here in Seoul and I'm sitting upstairs in a Starbucks coffee shop near KONIS in Pyeongchang-dong. College students tap away at their laptops, middle-aged women sip coffee and chat, and the guy in the corner has taken off his sneakers and commandeered two chairs for a nap. 
I've just finished drinking a mug of lime passion tea, a wonderful elixir that I discovered last Saturday with my doctor friend Charlie. In a couple of hours I'll be sharing a devotional thought with the staff at KONIS, but what to do in the meantime? I have not brought my computer or any extra books today, because I expect to lug home a set of Sunday school curriculum books home from KONIS in my bookbag. All I have are my study notes and my iPhone which is how I writing my blog at the moment. Somehow more study for my devotional doesn't seem profitable and there are only so many games of spider solitaire that one can play... 

I'm having one of those days where everything…

Jesus Comes Walking

Today, God answered my prayers, and I am sad.

I spoke an introduction this morning during our Sunday worship service about how Jesus comes to meet us in our storms. The gospels recount the story of Jesus walking on the water in the midst of a storm on the Sea of Galilee. He put the disciples in a boat, saw them off on their voyage, and went up onto a mountain to pray. The storm caught the disciples three miles from shore, and one gospel account says that Jesus could see them rowing hard against the wind.

Jesus did not stay on the mountain praying for them to survive and arrive safely. Jesus did not stand up and calm the storm with a command to be still. Instead, Jesus came walking on the waves to his disciples. He came to where they were in their trouble, and once He entered the boat, the storm ceased and "immediately" they arrived on the other side safe and sound. Jesus is an intimate savior who never leaves nor forsakes us.

After lunch and the rap discussion time, a group…