December 2 - Owning Our Differences-Walking As One

By Joanna Zeiner

Today's Scripture: Psalms 121:1-2 (NLT)

Central Thought: Differences do not have to divide; we can own our differences and walk as one.

    I knew I'd said the wrong thing when she screwed up her face and retorted, 'What, you mean you like them?” I'd spent the day riding with Sibongili exploring the rural area where she worked amongst the schools. Overwhelmed by long, narrow gorges that oozed forest-covered escarpments like soft clay between my fingers I remarked, 'I love the mountains. They are so majestic. They remind me of the bigness of God.” I'd added enthusiastically, 'And what do you think, Sibongili? Do you ever get tired of being here?” That's when she'd scowled, 'What? You mean you like them? I hate them.”

    I probably looked as shocked as I sounded. 'Why?” From somewhere beyond the wall I'd unintentionally raised between us she quietly added, 'You can never get warm.” I felt the fool. I'd taken for granted Sibongili saw the mountains as I did. But while I looked on from my middle-class comfort, she envisioned her life of harsh winters and mud and wattle houses. The same mountains bore witness to such different realities! And a creator God bigger than both who not only understands our different life circumstances, but willingly meets us at the point of our individual need.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me when I take for granted that others see through the same assumptions that I do. Forgive me for being insensitive to their life experiences, their fears, different-ness. You made us both—and You love us the same.

Today's Bible Reading: Daniel 9:1-11:1; 1 John 2:18-3:6; Psalm 121:1-8; Proverbs 28:27-28