preface: On July 10th, I left for the mission trip I had been waiting for since 2013. A huge thank you to everyone who supported me financially and spiritually. I wouldn’t have been brave enough to accept this calling or equipped enough to embark on this trip to the DR without each prayer and donation. Thank you so so much to everyone who helped make this happen.
Ride to Camp
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners
So we’re 2 hours in and we’ve still got 2 hours to go, and so many people are asleep, and that’s startling to me.
And I understand. I mean, we’re all exhausted, I’m fighting my heavy eyelids as I write these words, I understand that we’re tired, but it’s frightening to me that people are asleep with these type of conditions that are surrounding us.
It’s scary that we can sleep while there are such heart-wrenching things around our bus.
There are boys that can’t be any older than 7 years old, fighting, beating each other up.
There is a little girl, that can’t be any older than 4 years old, dragging a tire 2 times her size around, trying to sell it.
There is a man in a wheelchair wheeling out into traffic because he would rather be hit than live in these conditions.
And this isn’t even the bateys. This isn’t even the worst. This is supposed to be the nice place compared to where we are headed.
How can we sleep with all of that surrounding us?
But now that I think about it, we do that in America too.
We become desensitized to the people suffering, whether they are starving in Batey 7 or lost in emptiness in America, lost in the emptiness worldly things offer.
There are people in America who would rather be enslaved to the voidness of sin than know true life.
That’s what the enemy loves to do, trick us into thinking that horrible things are normal.
That these horrible things are just the way life is, and maybe they are the way life is, but they are not the way life has to be.
The enemy tricks us into thinking horrible things are normal, and that keeps us from going out and being the hands and feet of Jesus. It keeps us from doing something to change these horrible things because we’re desensitized; we’re asleep.
And now that I think about it, I think a lot of us walk around asleep for most of our lives.
I hope God wakes you up.