Monday Musings – 13/09/10
F5 at Schiphol…
I was sitting at gate F5 this morning in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport waiting for my flight to Nairobi when suddenly I remembered that it was the same gate that Marie-José and I sat at two years ago. Normally that would not be worth writing a blog about so what’s the big deal about gate F5 at Schipol?
Two years ago, MJ and I waited at gate F5 for our flight to Nairobi but then, it was a flight into the “unknown”. We did not know what our future would hold, all we knew was that we were responding to the invitation from a National leader to come to Africa for three weeks. We did not know then the conversations we would have that would begin to stir a passion for leadership development that was already growing in our hearts. We did not know that we would have some unique “God moments” on balconies, beaches and in churches where He would confirm that Africa was to become a place of significance in our ministry.
Today I sat at gate 5 waiting for my flight into the “known”. I know today that I am heading to a conference of Pentecostal bishops from across Africa with the privilege of sharing what I have learned “out of Africa” in the last two years. I know that next Saturday I will leave Nairobi for Lilongwe Malawi to speak at a pastor’s conference organized by Arn and Elsie Bowler. I know that as of January 2011, MJ and I will have a new African home in Kitwe, Zambia. I also know that MJ is not with me on this trip and I already miss her dearly. We have become a team at RTC and it is just not the same without my number one teammate!!!
I chose to write my blog from 35,000 feet while flying over the Sahara Desert on KLM flight 565. When you are sitting at the gate your view of the future is very limited. When you see the desert from 35,000 feet with nothing but sand that stretches as far as the eye can see (and them some) you can’t help but wonder how long the “unknown” desert experiences will last. The view from 35,000 feet puts some things into perspective that the view from the gate just can’t do – you suddenly realize that God see’s infinitely beyond the gate and the desert into your fulfilling future. He knows where the desert ends and civilization begins. Trust His process and enjoy the flight!!!!
Until next time…
“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!” (even at 35,000 feet)
P.S. I will do my best to write as many blogs as I can over the next two weeks (if the Internet will cooperate) so keep checking back!