After four years of reading virtually nothing other than the Bible or books about the Bible, I am reading a wonderful book that is not about the Bible. I was surprised at how much I like it. It is set in Ethiopia. It is called "Cutting for Stone" and I would highly recommend it. One of my coworkers is from Ethiopia, so I decided to talk with him about the book today.
He showed me a video of Addis Ababa on his computer. The above church is in Addis Ababa, and he said "That was my church!" He showed me around, just like you show a person around your home town. Only it is half a world away, and we were only looking at a computer monitor. But I could feel his homesickness, mixed with his pride. I kept exclaiming - "how beautiful!" and "oh, gorgeous!" He said "Oh, yes, it is so beautiful."
And then, with my characteristic lack of tact, I said "why did you ever leave?" I know him well enough to know that he came from a very wealthy family, and I could see how much he loves his homeland. I know how difficult life has been for him here.
He just looked at me like I had just asked him why he doesn't eat his computer manuals. And said:
"I couldn't stand the communists."
Oh, yeah, there's that.
I wish I took the time to really get to know the people I see every day. I know my life would be richer for it. And I know that God doesn't put us together so that we can give each other the cold shoulder.