One day honey, one day onions.

12 06 2011

“There is a saying in Arabic: ‘Yom asal, yom basal’, which means ‘One day honey, one day onions’ and speaks of the bittersweet quality of life. I used to designate my days as one or other of these – a honey day or an onion day – and certainly a good day was frequently followed by a bad one! But eventually I changed my perspective.  I decided to believe that every day was going to be good. This was more than a philosophical shift – it was a spiritual shift – a deliberate act of the will to focus on Jesus and the promises of God, as the Bible encourages us to do. Now I continually refer to positive faith-filled scriptures, and this encourages me and gives me hope, even in the fire.”

This is written by a man who knows what suffering is.  He was trained as an operating department practitioner and so when he was told he had multiple sclerosis his medical training left him in no doubt about the prognosis.  He is also a vicar;  he bears the moniker ‘Vicar of Baghdad’.

He is Andrew White and this paragraph is taken from his recent book Faith under fire about his life in Baghdad. He is the leader of the Christian community. Last year 93 of his congregation were killed, not in battle or bomb attacks, but because they are Christians. Today he wears a flack jacket and travels with an armed guard.  (This puts my ‘onion days’ in perspective.) Yet despite the threats, he is fearless in proclaiming Jesus to the people of Iraq.

Why?  Because, like the early disciples in the book of Acts, he is convinced of the truth of the Jesus story and of Jesus command to go, and the promise of his presence when we do:-

“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18-20)





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1 08 2012
What are you talking about…now? « moses supposes

[…] read a modern example of choosing a God-focused playlist.  Link back to my previous post: “One day honey…” for Andrew White’s music. Share this:ShareLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]

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