When Vicki told me that she and Conrad were sensing God’s call to Thailand, I was far from shocked. Deep down, I knew that their time in small-town Ohio was temporary and that the call to down-town Asia was right around the corner. However, denial is a very comfortable place for me, so accepting this as our new reality has had its challenges.
Am I the only one who experiences a measure of fear and unease when people start talking about being “called” overseas? I can remember hearing my dad tell a story about the fear he experienced around a camp fire in southern Michigan when he was a young boy. A missionary from Africa was telling his story and stated that God called him to do missions overseas. My dad sat around that camp fire and prayed, “Please, don’t call me to Africa, please don’t call me to Africa.” I admit that I have said that prayer many times over my growing up years whenever missionaries would come to our church to share their story. There is something terrifying about the idea of leaving all that is familiar and moving my family to a village far, far away. Especially if that village is home to strange bugs or rodents. Shudder.
Does this mean I will never leave the states to follow God’s call? Certainly not. I am open to God’s call even if He does lead me to a village far, far away. There is some comfort, however, in knowing that He has to convince Jon first. But for now, in true little sister form, I’ll let Vicki do it first and see how it goes. Until then, I am confident in God’s call to this country, this state, and this small town in Ohio. This is where He wants me…for now.
So, here are the top 5 reasons God called Vicki to Thailand instead of me.
#5 – We can’t take this Cockshutt 30 with us on the plane. Do you want to tell any of the boys in this picture that they have to live without that tractor? Me neither.
#4 I have a thing about public restrooms.
#3 Bartering is a necessary skill in Thailand. Therefore, so is basic math. One time, I was at a garage sale and I found a great set of end tables. There were three end tables and the price tag read “3 for $30.” I yelled, “Hey Mom! Check out these end tables. They’re only $8 a piece!” When she noticed the price, she looked at me with alarm and said, “Kimmie…run that math again.” Noticing my error, I said, “Oh, right…duh! $9 a piece.” Enough said.
#2 Motion Sickness. One time, when I was about 7 years old, I was on a boat ride on Lake Huron with my family and some friends. About halfway through, I started to get woozy and ended up feeding the fish with the pea salad I had eaten just prior to our lovely trip. Considering that Bangkok is called the “Venice of the East,” with boats as a main source of transportation, I’m better off driving my Chrysler. The fish in Thailand will thank me.
And the #1 reason God hasn’t called me to Thailand: this headline – “Rat Delicacy in Thailand.”
Peace out, Vicki. Let me know how that goes.