I posted a bit about the day out snorkeling at a nearby island, and I wrote about the starfish.
While out on the boat and on the island, they swam, snorkeled, one of my guys got pretty sunburned, and the group visited with and got to know other staff and family members of staff at the school.
Several of the Christian school grads are back for Christmas break visiting their parents, who are teachers at the school or serving in some capacity as missionaries here in the area. While on the little island taking a break from snorkeling, three of the MK (missionary kid) young men played basketball with three Filipino guys they randomly met on the beach. Have I mentioned that basketball is very, very big here? VERY big.
When they started playing, there were just a few people around. My boy says at some point in the game he happened to look around and there was a huge crowd watching them. He didn’t know where they came from or when they showed up. Life is like that, isn’t it? You never who is watching, but somebody is, and you never know what they are learning from you. You have little or no control of your audience. All you can control is you, and we all know that is often nearly impossible- as James says, ‘For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.’ Without God, that much control is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.
I share here a picture somebody took of the players (if the blog will let me) – what you are seeing here is three Filipinos and 3 missionary kids. One of the missionary kids is a college student in Korea, here visiting his parents for the holidays. One is a college student in the states, here visiting his parents for the holidays because he kind of grew up here, and one is our son, a high school senior who has been here two weeks.. The missionary kids only met each other today on the boat. (My boy says, btw, that the young Filipino man in the green shorts can jump higher than he can). I find this remarkable, and encouraging, and it puts a smile on my face.
They bonded over basketball, and that’s a beautiful thing- look at that picture. Can’t you just feel their happiness and comradely spirit, even though it may be fleeting?
I know a more beautiful thing to come:
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Praying that all involved, including all of you reading, one day will be part of a great multitude, praising God from the heart, directly before His throne.
P.S. *In case you’re wondering, they played twice, and the MKs and the Filipinos each won once.