People coming to a new country often think that they are “missing” something when they see whatever it is they see. I would like to suggest they see everything however whoever is looking for the first time doesn’t know how to see what they don’t see. I may have used a confusing sentence to clarify a point so let me explain it this way.
India is a land full of contradictions. One thing people see when they first arrive in India that is surprising is the smiles. How can anyone be happy in the confusion and chaos that is traditional India? Don’t the difficulties in life get to people here? If so why is anyone smiling? What about the poverty? What about the injustice? What about – the question could go just about anywhere!
India is a land full of contradictions. Certain things are absolutely wonderful while others are in states of opportunity. People face amazing obstacles with a resiliency that defies western understanding. If you talk with the people and listen, really listen to their stories and reflect – the conversation in between the lines that has never been said begins to occur! Much rests on the framework in which you place events. If one is looking to respond to life there are many opportunities even in the midst of absolute and total chaos that is permanently beyond any person or organization’s ability to control.
Far too often our blindness isn’t limited to a situation we do not fully understand. I find myself thinking and questioning God just like others have in the past.
“Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don't know me.” (John 1.48)
Yet if I real between the lines listening to God through all the ways Divinity speaks to you and me, I begin to feel that the story that has been unfolding for me everyday of my life. You and I have the opportunity to understand the beginnings of how we are formed in God’s eyes. Take the time, listen. What God is saying about you and me is amazing.