Lessons from the Desert: Yes, We Were in Sousse…and in Lyon

Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse Mediterranean Beach 2Just got a FB message from a friend this morning Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse 3 asking if I’d stayed in Sousse while in Tunisia, Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse 5 because a terrorist just killed 27 people at the Hotel Imperial Marhaba.
(Note: Within a few days, this number has arisen to 39.) Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse 7 Yes, I had stayed in Sousse…at a resort on the sun-kissed shores Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse 6 of the Mediterranean Sea very near the Hotel Imperial Marhaba. All of us had.Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse In fact, we’d stayed just minutes down the beach at the Royal Salem Marhaba, Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse 4 and my roomie (who was training for a marathon), Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse Mediterranean Beach ran that beach in the early morning hours Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse Mediterranean Beach outside our door while I took a leisurely swim in the Mediterranean Sea.The City of Lyon, France Furthermore, we were just visiting Lyon, France, less than 2 weeks ago,  where a terrorist beheaded a man and attacked a gas factory this morning.  Fun on the beach Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse Mediterranean Beach I knew our trip would be dangerous. In fact, I was rather terrified about going, but I also felt called to go, and so I did, which I think was the right response. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière In a world full of uncertainty and tension, our best safety is not in using our heads to reason out everything, but in submitting our spirit to the guidance of our beloved heavenly Father. However, that doesn’t guarantee our safety. Rhone River. Lyon, France There are untold thousands of people who are on the front lines of the world trying to help others, and many people are injured or killed in the line of duty every day, even though they’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing. Lyon, France Still, prayerfully committing the keeping of our souls to our Father God, meditating on his Word, listening for his direction and following him faithfully… this will lead us into the path of peace. Royal Salem Marhaba Hotel. Sousse 2If we die in the process of loving others, we die…but that’s okay. Our spirits, once made alive again by rebirth, are immortal, and are already joined to our Lord forever. To share this glorious hope with others is worth the risk. I was afraid, but God tells us not to fear! Just love God, love others, listen to our Shepherd’s voice, and follow Him. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière muralMy sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). Jesus with disciples“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him” (Luke 12:5).

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