Yesterday morning in the middle of a Jesus movie I was showing children the unthinkable happened…my Bose bluetooth speaker stopped working.
At first I thought it was a simple fix, but after all of my cords used in all of my chargers didn’t do the trick, there was a possibility it actually wouldn’t work again
It’s amazing how something as simple as the speaker breaking could ruin my whole morning. I tried to work on other things, but my mind was still on getting my Bose to work properly.
This frustration reached a peak last night as my earbuds came out of my ears (again) while trying to listen to an audiobook and I asked the Lord why He allowed my speaker to die (not my proudest moment).
For me yesterday was a reminder that there isn’t a lot of “suffering” involved in missions compared to the past. Of course being on the front lines of spiritual warfare does create pain, but technology and comforts makes it a lot easier to serve the Lord in a foreign land.
Compare my complaining about broken technology to a missionary like Adoniram Judson, and I have to ask if missions is “too easy.”
Earlier this month (April 11th) John Piper wrote an article on the life of Adoniram Judson called “He Died a Thousand Times-and Lived.” In it he described some of the suffering he endured.
- He lost two wives, and seven of thirteen children to sickness
- It took six-years for the first soul to accept Christ
- Spiritual growth came in the area after nineteen years on the field
- He spent seventeen months in prison dying from sickness
- And went through great spiritual depression, spending forty-days in the jungle after the death of his wife and daughter
Thankfully the Lord has given me (and other missionaries) great gifts and comforts on the mission field
- The ability to text, video chat, and call family members who are in other Countries
- mission fields that are open to the Gospel
- Internet and other tools (laptops, tablets, phones) that can allow us to get lots done in a very short period of time
- Religious freedom to share Christ
- And vehicles that allow us to go from place to place comfortably
We should thank God for these things…..but also recognize they make us “soft” in a way
The answer isn’t to get rid of technology (I’ll buy a new cord for my Bose) but make sure those conveniences help us take steps of faith, and endure greater suffering for the Gospel of Christ.