Monday, February 14, 2011

The Mall

This last week I had the privilege of spending an entire day with my family at West Edmonton Mall.  We went to the indoor water park and rode the water slides, as well as having a blast riding the waves in the wave pool there.  There's nothing quite like watching your children have a blast.  It makes a good day that much better.  They loved the waves even more than the slides, although they did enjoy the slides also.  Later on we took them on a couple of rides at Galaxyland (formerly known as Fantasyland) and then took in the movie "Tangled".  It was a full day and everyone was ready for bed that night.  I do have to say though, that one day in that place mas more than enough for me.  I'm not much of a mall guy.

On one of our walks up and down the mall, out of the blue the thought entered my mind, "If Jesus were here, walking beside you, what would He see?"  As we continued down the mall I thought that I would have a go at imagining what Christ would be looking at as He walked the mall.  I don't think that He would be looking at the store windows much, or wondering what He was going to eat for supper that evening.  I think that He would be watching the people.  So I looked at the people.  There were a lot of them.  People of different races, different languages, people of all ages, men, women and children.  I thought, "OK, there are people.  Now what?"  I knew that Jesus wouldn't just be looking at the people, but He'd be looking at people that He had created, people who's thoughts and words He knew.  As I looked again at those same people, the difference in what I saw was staggering.  In C.S. Lewis' book, "The Silver Chair" (part of the Chronicles of Narnia), he describes a people who were enslaved and forced to work for a wicked queen in a dark underworld.  When freed, these people ran to a great chasm that split open in the earth and threw themselves down it so that they could go home (They came from a land further down beneath the earth).  It was almost an image like the one described in that scene which I imagined as I looked down the mall at the people again.  People everywhere.  People who have been created for relationship with God, but who are running down the mall towards a great chasm as they run away from God.  It was like God was reminding me, "I have asked you to go overseas to help reach the unreached, but as you work towards that, don't forget that there is work that must be done here as well."  It was a good reminder for me that there are people who live on my street; neighbors, people whom I see every day who need to know truth also.  I don't have to wait to go somewhere before I can be a witness to people who don't know Christ.  I know that in a crowd of that size, statistically there will be other born again believers there.  If I'm being honest, I have to say that I sure felt like a minority there on that day.  There's a lot of work to do here also.

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone for your support.  As I sit here writing this we are at 23% of our monthly support requirements.  Thank you for choosing to be a part of what MAF is doing, both here in Canada and all over the world.

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