So....we all live in a time where we place a lot of importance on things.
For instance....most of us have come to rely on our cell phones as a necessity.
But, sometimes it takes a good slap upside the head to remind us what is really, truly important. Is it our cell phone? No, not really.
My old cell phone
So, last Friday, Jan 2nd, I was 'slapped upside the head'. Not literally, but figuratively.
I was out walking on the boulevard here in San Cristobal, as I often do, and it was about
3:00 PM in the afternoon. I am always pretty aware of all that is going on around me, but I did not notice a young guy, about 18 - 20 yrs. old come up behind me. I just heard someone behind me say something, so, I turned around and saw this guy standing a few feet away. He then said to me, "give me your phone".
It was about that moment when I looked him over and saw the gun in his hand pointed at my chest. I must admit my first thought was not fear, but I was amazed that someone would take a chance of going to prison for years over an old cell phone.
So, he points the gun more forcefully at me and repeats himself, "give me your phone".
Well, it's just a phone, so I handed him my cell phone.
He took the phone and told me to continue walking where I was headed and he went the other way. He went down and crossed the boulevard and it looked like he got in a taxi.
Afterwards it hit me a little more what had happened, and I thanked the Lord for His protection from injury, or worse. Afterall, it's just a phone.
I also had some money on me, not a lot, but some, but he never even asked for anything other than my phone.
Unfortunately, thus is the state of affairs in Guatemala. Crime continues to increase here, as poverty and desperation also increase.
I now can say we LIVE in Guatemala, as it seems a majority of people who have lived in Guatemala at least 5 years, have at some point been a victim of crime.
Please pray for Guatemala, for the crime and violence that keeps growing here.
I continue to believe that most people are good, and I love Guatemala more than ever.
I will continue to walk, carefully, not wanting to let the bad guys have the victory there.
The day after I was robbed, at our youth group meeting while we were taking prayer requests, my daughter Maria asked that we would pray for the guy who robbed me. I pass that request on to all of you, please pray also for him.
Pray that God's light would shine on Guatemala.
My new phone
It's just a phone. I do have a new phone now, it is a very valuable tool. But.......
It's just a phone.