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Lost in Translation

unnamedI saw this dessert on the store shelf and it brought a smile to my face.

Some things get lost in translation.

I think about all the beliefs that I had and how sure I was that I had the true orthodox view. Then I moved to Rwanda, and the things that I was so sure were of utmost importance became much less important.

God is doing a new translation of the gospel in my life. I don’t know where it will lead to or when it will end, but I am enjoying the discomfort of “not knowing” everything that I seemed so sure of yesterday.

I would imagine others in a cross cultural experience have gone down this same path. It is a purging of all the excess that had built up on my spirit like barnacles on the bottom of a ship.

They had been there so long that I thought they were part of who and what I was. God is the ultimate de-barnaclizer! It kind of feels good after a while because I move faster in the water!

Psalm 51 reminds me of this process, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

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