Day 1: Come Along!

Chris' Journal

India: Day One

Hurry...hurry...hurry...wait.

That's what today was like. Hurry to the airport. Hurry to get your tickets. Hurry through security [and then get frisked by security!] And then wait for the airplane...wait to get on the plane...wait while on the plane...wait.

We land first in Amsterdam. Then...we wait. Then we have to go through the line in Amsterdam to India...so we wait. Over 25 hours of plane and airport waiting! Sheesh. But I guess this is what it takes to go halfway around the world!

Then, when I finally arrived in Mumbai, I still had more traveling to do! At the airport, I caught a ride in an auto-rickshaw to get to my hotel. I was thinking it was a pretty tight fit for a big guy like me - until I saw an entire family squeezed into the back of one!

On top of all that, I was limping all day. I got into a wrestling match with my 7-year-old daughter on our last night together before I left for the trip. I think I sprained my toe. I can barely walk! This only proves that I am weaker than a 7-year-old girl...hmmm....

Also, on the plane I developed pink eye - gross! I was sleeping on the plane and all of a sudden my eyelids were crusted together. Tomorrow we have to go see a chemist [an Indian pharmacist] for me to get some medicine. Exciting!

All of these things can't ruin my excitement about the trip we are taking. We are going to get to see the Lord work in miraculous ways.

The waiting, the hours in the plane, and even the pink eye is worth it to see this beautiful country, to meet some amazing people, and to see what God is doing on the other side of the world!

The children's song, "He's got the whole world in his hands" comes to my mind, as well as the Scripture, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150)