Weng invited me over to hear the chapter summaries he’s been working on as he reads thru the Bible this year. We had just settled onto the bamboo floor in his house when his mother turned and offered me a cucumber. I was kinda surprised when she handed me a knife to peel it as well. It’s been years since anyone let me peel cucumbers, sweet potatoes, or any edible vegetation for that matter. I guess it pains them too much to watch me try, yet remove too much of the edible part along with the peel.
I thanked her and took the cucumber, then sat there listening to Weng continue to read me his chapter summaries, trying to savor Weng’s words and this new chance I had been given at food preparation. I waited till Weng had made it into the life of Abraham before I began peeling. The background family noises quickly faded away, till there was only silence. I looked up to find every eye in the house on me. Weng’s mother quickly stepped over and took it back, graciously telling me that she would not mind doing it for me. Oh, well, maybe next time….
The highlight of my visit, though, was even after the wonderful chapter headings and summaries. It was the song Weng shared with me before I left, a song he had written himself last week.
“When Jesus comes back
He will judge the world
But according to God’s pleasure
He regards us as His very own people
We will not be brought to trial.”
Alleluia and Amen!
Resting in God – who, like Weng’s mother, is full of grace for us in all our weaknesses,
J&B – Mibu, PNG