On a Friday in February 2005, the day started off normally. I taught my morning class. I met a friend for lunch. It seemed like any other day. Then suddenly I started having pain in my stomach and could not keep food down. It was a pain I never felt with just the flu.
In the evening, I went to the ER thinking I had food poisoning. The pain kept getting worse. Next thing I knew, I had an IV in my arm and a morphine drip. The diagnosis acute Gall Bladder attack. I had to have surgery. They kept me over night hooked up to the morphine drip and an antibiotic drip to fight infection.
But my mind was not so much on the medical problem as it was on a scheduled trip to go to Romania in April that year to give the Easter message at our partner church there.
Pastor Scott came up to see me in my hospital room and the first words out of my mouth were:
“I am still going to Romania.”
He did not respond, but prayed with me. Pastor Scott had known me for a while and in fact was the team leader during my first trip to Romania.
I ended up going to Romania that year because thankfully the surgery was arthroscopic and I was back to teaching a week later.
I like the old Star Trek saying-“To boldly go where no one has gone before.”
The adventure of ministry trips and spending time with other cultures here in my city light up something in me.
What lights up something in you for God?
But I don’t think there is any need to boldly go to a shopping mall.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.