I was reading through one of the many reports from the mission field that cross my desk. There was good news from Burma. The new government there has expanded religious freedom which has allowed the establishment of several new Churches of Christ.
One quote from a Burmese brother caught my eye: “We did not expect many people to come last Sunday for worship as most of them are working in the fields in heavy rain every day; but, to our surprise, 57 people gathered for worship.” The report included the picture of 3 sisters-in- Christ who walked 3 miles to attend the services. CORRECTION: They waded 3 miles through about 6 inches of water that was standing over the roads during this rainy season. In truth, everybody had to wade to church and of the 57 who did, 3 ladies waded 3 miles to get there!
This story forced me to ask myself some questions. Would I walk 3 miles to go to church? Yes, I think I would. Would I be willing to wade 3 miles through ankle deep water to be there? I hope I would! Why would I ever feel it was a chore to step out of my climate-controlled home into my air-conditioned/heated car and drive a few minutes to the church building? I don’t know.
One thing is sure…there were many SOGGY feet at that worship service in Burma…but all that was forgotten as they gathered to worship with their Lord!