“”Then Peter began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment the rooster crowed.” Matthew 26:74
I left the Rensselaer train station yesterday February 21 at 11:00 am and after 15 hours of air travel and a time difference of eight hours arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi, Kenya at 10 pm last night. About 5 am this morning a rooster woke me from a restless sleep- a stark reminder that I was not home anymore. . Upon reflection, maybe that rooster was God’s way of announcing to me to keep my eyes, ears and senses open while in Africa. Like Peter, we can deny Jesus in so many ways. We may not be as blatant in our denial, but there are many ways to deny the Lord. How easy it is to forget Jesus is the reason for our very lives. How easy it is to be distracted, disillusioned, disinterested in our work as Missionary disciples here on this planet with so much else competing for our attention, How easy it is for life to become an endless series of projects, of doing, a whirling dervish of activity. The rooster challenged me to stay awake, be watchful, look for the signs of God’s goodness all around me. It is a message I need to here over and over again. Although I am tired from this journey taking me 9,000 miles from my homeland, I am awake and look forward to the rooster crowing and celebrating God’s goodness and presence every morning. It’s a good way to wake up and stay awake; to live each moment as if it was the only moment we have.