Nothing like the desert of northeastern Brazil to get you thinking a bit clearer.

The local folks have a saying: “God is a Brazilian.”

For the longest time I used to think that was a sick joke. Droughts, floods, poverty, hunger, disease and pestilence, ignorance… “God-forsaken” is the term that would spring instantly to mind; if God is a Brazilian, he must be on an extended vacation and the kids have trashed the joint.

The forlorned look of a hungry child, the defeated look of an elderly adult, the cruelty of an alcohol-enslaved father or the hardness of a mother who’s turned to prostitution, the Enemy has made his mark.

How my perceptions have changed.

It is exactly in this “God-forsaken” region that I find him, sometimes lurking in the sweltering heat, sometimes arriving on dark clouds and thunder, sometimes as a gentle wisp of a cooling breeze in the late afternoon.

Always present in the shy smile of a child to whom love is shown, always appearing in the look of the woman set free of the bondage of the spirit of fear, always manifesting in the face of the man healed of crippling back problems. Always.

It is solely about Jesus. His love, his power, his desire for us.

More than ever, that is crystal clear.

Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think…


3 responses to “Always

  1. patrickandchristy

    If for some reason I can’t find God in my life here in America, or I have been “out of whack or balance” spiritually, I know that when I go to Brazil and Ubauna, I will find Him in His full Glory and Power. I know I will be getting the God that I read about in the Bible. I’ll see Him at work, free of the chains that we place on Him here in America. The Power and Glory of God that I see in Brazil is different than here in America. Yes, it’s here in America but much harder to find. Wish we were there with you guys.

    • I’ll have to differ with you on this one. He rules; doesn’t matter where, He rules. The power that has been handed over to Satan just presents itself different in the US than it does in Brazil.

      The difference is where we are in terms of Him.

  2. patrickandchristy

    You’re absolutely right Joe. He rules, regardless of geography and He is the same God in Brazil as here, for sure. The Power, Glory and Authority are the same. It is all dependent on me to determine what type relationship I have with God and how I allow him to work in my life and through me. I understand what you’re saying and I agree totally. I guess I just didn’t explain myself well. Can’t wait to hear more about trip.

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