As you can all see, I have changed the header for this blog page.  I got tired of seeing myself with that fish!  I am now trying to catch a bigger fish.  When I do, you may see another similar picture emerge. 

The picture that replaced me is one of 3 children I came into contact with on my last trip to Nicaragua.  The little girl holding the baby is no more that 5-6 years old.  The baby she is holding is having some serious health issues.  As we questioned the little girl, we realized that the baby was her sibling and that she didn’t know where their mother was.  I will never forget kneeling down in front of these children and asking “why”.  For the first time in my life, poverty and injustice shook my inner core.  I wanted to do something so bad but their was nothing I could do.   I realized immediately that throughout my journey I had sheltered myself from these harsh realities of poverty.  My ignorance was a choice.  I don’t like seeing kids dying of disease and starvation.   I had intentionally insulated myself from these horrifying realities so that I could live my own life and provide for my own family.  But now, now I had to deal with it.   This  baby was literally fighting for his life in the 105 degree heat while his sister did everything she could to assist him.  It brought tears to my eyes. 

Now, back at home, my journey continues.  I am still trying to make sense of life this side of heaven.  I am still asking the “Why” question on a daily basis.  This question has lead me on a journey and down a road I can’t decribe!!!!

“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”  C.S. Lewis

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson


One Response to “8.4.2009”

  1. Man – I so wish we were in Nicaragua right now. For some reason, here lately, I can not get Nicaragua off the mind. Joe, keep up the blogging, it is great for KINGDOM focus.

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