I had hoped to be up and running at full speed by now, but our move to Tainan became more than just a simple Christmas Eve move. It was one of the worst moves that I’ve done, partly because I’m a lot older than when I started down this road of living ‘overseas’.
More than 20 moves in more than 25 years. And, this from someone who HATES to move. Of course, each of those moves has been a way for God to convince me that I didn’t need as much stuff as I had. And, if I accumulated too much of that useless ‘stuff’, my back and knees would pay for it.
And, they do.
Trust me when I say that you can be happy with very little. And, the less that you have, the more easy it will be for you to move it. It will also be easier to see what is important and what isn’t, when the time to move comes.
Of course, we become attached to our ‘stuff’, and even someone like me, who is as nostalgic as a rock, gets attached to ‘stuff’. I love my computers, and I build them with loving care. And, I hate to abandon them. They’re almost like my children, but I doubt that I need six of them and enough parts to build two more.
So, I shall be throwing things out. It’s a little late for that, but better late than never.
Preparing For Disaster
Now, there is a serious side to this. Even though we have been sitting in a period of calm, the worst disaster in two thousand years still sits on our horizon. Storms like that take time to arrive, and the longer that this one is delayed, the worse that it will be. And, if you survive that one, a worse storm will follow.
This means mental preparation. You need to know what is important and what is not. You need to be able to extract yourself from where you are, and move – if you are not in a safe location. I haven’t talked about this kind of thing in a while, but I think that it might be time to do that in 2019. And, as we were moving, the thought occurred to me that Tainan might be a safer place for us than Taipei, when everything falls apart.
Please remember that disaster always strikes quickly. We always have warning signs, but economic collapse, natural disasters and unnatural wars always seem to hit just after a period of great calm. I’ve noticed how that happens before big typhoons roar though, and history shows us the same thing. So, do not trust your eyes and ears.
You won’t see it coming, until it’s too late to do anything about it.
The command by our Lord and Savior, in Luke 21:36, to ‘watch’ and ‘pray’, was given to us because the coming cataclysm was always going to be hard to see and horribly destructive. Hopefully, I’ll be able to assist you in your watching and praying.
The Cat In Tainan
But, for now, Mrs. Little and I have safely arrived in our new home in Tainan.
Mister Little is less-than-happy, but he’ll get over it. And yes, I always have. But, as I have said before, I’m a lot like a cat. Moving makes my fur stand on end, my back hurt and my knees ache. I hate it, even when Mrs. Little moves the furniture around – which she loves to do.
Of course, Mrs. Little was in her ‘element’, packing things away, making sure everything was in the right box, while I spent half the time in a bewildered funk. You can always tell who packed what box, just by looking at the contents. I kinda’ just throw things in, which makes unpacking… interesting.
Anyway, the bigger challenge will be finding out what God intends for us to do, here in Tainan. Mrs. Little and I have always spent about a third of our time doing evangelism, wherever we are. So, pray for us as we look for ways to do that here.
There are precious souls, here in Tainan, and we want to do everything that we can to show them the love of Christ.
Okay, ’nuff said about all that.
Happy Circumcision Of Jesus Day!
I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrated the birth of Christ. If you didn’t – and we didn’t – that’s okay too. Jesus was not born in December, but I’m happy to celebrate the birthday of our Lord, on any day that anyone wants to. And, I guess, that our move to Tainan was a bit like the journey that Joseph and Mary took to Bethlehem, from Nazareth. It’s about the same distance – if I remember correctly.
Oh, and here’s an interesting tidbit:
Do you know the spiritual significance of New Year’s Day?
It’s the eighth day from December 25th.
That’s right, the circumcision of Jesus. So, instead of wishing someone a Happy New Year on January 1st. Feel free to wish them a ‘Happy Circumcision of Jesus Day’, instead. I’m sure that everyone will be thrilled to hear that from you. (Or, not).
May God bless all of you, as we move into the coming year. Lord willing, I’ll be back to my normal, doom-and-gloom self, next Friday.
Yours in Christ,
PS. Oh, and no ShockCast on Saturday. I don’t even have my main computer working yet, so it won’t happen tomorrow.