Sunday, March 3, 2013

Miracles in Small Letters

Flooded rivers caused the survey team to be delayed…and as a result, they began chatting with a man (who happened to be a notorious criminal).

The recording project for the Jesus Film was a gargantuan task…there was no way it could be completed within their three-week window.

The children were dying due to diarrhea… and the mothers could only look on helplessly, not knowing what they could do.

Stories surround us all the time—a cricked eyebrow at the grocery store, a surprise knock on your front door, a bitten lip when the cookies accidentally burned. Most of the time we are too busy to see them—we stare hard at the details in front of us (three bills in the mail, a floor to mop, and a parent-teacher conference to attend) and neglect to see the giant scripted letters flowing over our lives.  C.S. Lewis says that “miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

One of my many jobs (privileges?) in serving Bible translation in Papua New Guinea is to be a nosy staff writer for our communications department, eagerly ferreting out some of these miracles and sharing them with all of you as written stories. Sometimes they drop into my lap ready to go like a mango crashing to earth—others require me to don a mining helmet and shovel them out amid dirt and roots, wiping them off and carving them until they sparkle.

On this blog, I share some of those stories that relate directly to me, but my stories are just a fraction of those being told about the work God is doing here in Papua New Guinea. If you would like to read more about these diamonds and emeralds (some of which have been polished by yours truly), you can follow this link to the PNG Experience, one of our communications department publications. (And that’s also where you can find out what happened to that survey team, the recording project, and the sick children.) You can also watch some marvellous videos at our Youtube channel here, and if you really want to stay on top of things, you can send us an email and get on our mailing list.

What story are you experiencing today?