Upon moving to Thailand, the first thing you need are official papers that prove who your are. To enter the country you must provide a passport and temporary visa. To buy a vehicle and mobile phone plan you must have a passport and work visa. To get the work visa you must have a marriage certificate (if you are married), birth certificate, college transcripts (if applicable), 12 photos of you not smiling and wearing the correct clothes and sitting in the right way, passport, temporary visa, and basic application. For those of you who live in McDonough, imagine if you would our McDonald’s at Kroger being the place that will get all this done for you, it will get done, but not during your time parameters.
My point here is not to complain about the system, or insult the hard working men and women of Thailand who will get things done as fast as possible, but to take joy in a better one. All of these things that we must do pretty much make sense however difficult it may be to get done. It is not so much the requirements that are burdensome as it is my patience and limited understanding.
This is a far stretch to pull an illustration, but I will do it anyways. Can you imagine arriving in Heaven and having to go through all of these logistical steps to prove this and that in order to live there? It is going to be great to arrive and hear Jesus tell us to “come on in, enter your new country, I have achieved all the proof you need by my life, death and resurrection, you are a citizen and all is well, come on and rest, worship, laugh, learn, gaze, live, and be at eternal peace.”
My desire should not be for ease in this life, but to see Jesus bring in other sheep, other citizens, from every tongue, tribe and nation!!