These people are the friends of our friends and colleagues. We've met some of them... Some of these men have been to the studio to record... A few have even been to our home...Tim spent time with them when he was up in Timbuktu for a recording project. This doesn't feel like all of this is happening in some far-off, distant-all-the-way-to-the-ends-of-the-earth-place. It feels like it's happening right next door...
Watching our kids play, a friend and I were talking this week about current events in our part of the world, and I don't exactly remember the context, but this verse (or a similar one) came up:
"It behoveth me
to be working
the works of Him who sent me
while it is day;
night doth come,
when no one is able to work"
John 9.4, Young's Literal Translation
It is Easter weekend... Good Friday...
I wonder where all of this is going to lead.
Has the night come, is it descending on this part of the world?
And I wonder at my self-centered muttering over an inability to sleep (the lights - and fans - were out at our house, but on all around) instead of thanking God for the reminder... and the gift of sleepless, quiet time to fall on my face and pray.
"While ye have light, believe in the light,
that ye may be the children of light.
These things spake Jesus, and departed,
and did hide himself from them."
I cannot begin to speculate. Is this "the night" coming? Is Jesus "hiding Himself" for a time?
I'm thankful that my All-Knowing Father knows, that He is good all the time, that in Him is Light and no shadow of turning... and that I don't have to know all the ins and outs of this story because I try to trust completely the One writing it.
I'm thankful I do know Resurrection Sunday is imminent.
I'm sure our Malian brothers and sisters are thankful for that truth, too.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in reading up on these current events, most of the links (except in the first pararaph) are different, individual links. They do not represent our exact views of/on the situation in all cases (not that we'd claim to be experts... or even particuarly knowledgeable), however they are a place to start if the Lord should lead you to pray.
If you believe the Lord is asking you to give or to help tangibly in some way, contact me directly.