To Stay or To Go

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

I don’t know if you have heard of the recent news about James Kim, a senior editor of CNET. I really enjoyed some of his reviews on various gadgets, therefore it was a bit sad to hear that he passed away.

It really made me think about the dilemma he was in. What would I do?

His car was stranded with his wife and 2 daughters, one was 4 years old and the other was only 7 months old. The family was coming back home to San Francisco after a trip out to Portland when they got lost and their car got stuck in the snow on the remote road.

They were running out of food and they tried to keep warm with the car running on the remaining tank of gasoline. There was no help to be found.

The old adage is “remain where you are and people will find you.”

But would any guy (father and husband) just sit there while his family is hungry and freezing? If I was in that situation, I think I would have done the same thing. This story just broke my heart.

In digression, I think every car should have a GPS. It should not be an option for only the rich. It is kind of like the ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) that came with only the high end cars, but now most cars come with it. Also, when the airbag first came out, it was only for the expensive cars but now every car has it built in for safety.

I don’t know if he was a believer or not, but I pray that his two daughter will grow up knowing that their father did everything that he could to find help for them and that he was motivated by love.

Finished Packing

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

I just came back from our last Africa Missions team meeting. We spent some time in prayer and then finished off on our packing. Time has gone by so quickly in the last 2 months. It is hard to believe that we will be taking off for Kenya in about 2 days.

Whenever I pack for a trip, it brings a unique feeling that is hard to describe… it brings a sense excitement for the trip but yet a sense of melancholy because I am leaving the family behind. In this particular trip it is a bit harder because Christina and I will be both leaving our children behind.

Even though we are excited about going on a missions trip together (first time), the thought of being separated from the kids is a bit daunting. This is when I realized that we need to get everything in order since we do not know what will happen to us. We finished writing our wills and we are trying to spend as much time with them as possible before we take off.

The more I think about it, I realized that it is sometimes easier to make sacrifices and take more risk when you are all by yourself. But as soon as you add a spouse and kids, the stakes get higher. This is why we need to learn how to love God and do His will now as we are young(er). The fact of the matter is that the older we get the more comfort and security we seek for ourselves as well as for our family.

It has been Christina’s and my prayer that we will learn to trust in God on this trip – no matter what happens to us!