Good Morning Vietnam!

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

I finally landed safely in Vietnam right around midnight. I was warmly greeted by some familiar faces from my last trip in November 2006. They had flowers and warm smiles when I came out of the airport… it was truly humbling to know that they went out of their way to welcome me here.

The weather extremely hot here… it is supposedly one of the hottest seasons of the year. Even as I am typing this in the room, I am slowly feeling the sweat drops falling from my forehead.

I will be teaching in about 7 hours – we are starting at 8AM.

Even though my time here is not that long, the intensity of the teaching schedule will be hard. I think my dream came true (maybe the Vietnamese students’ nightmare)… I will be talking for 8+ hours :-)

God’s Creation from 30,000 Ft

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

I don’t know how many times I have flown the DTW to NRT (Detroit to Japan) route. Most likely, I was probably reading a book or sleeping (possibly watching a movie that involved a drama/suspense).

My flight this time around was different.

First, I flew in the early afternoon (which kept me awake). Secondly, I only brought one book that I was almost finished with in the first place (I was in a hurry). Thirdly, I was sitting next to a person that decided to release an odorous scent periodically (I prayed for love and grace). All these factors caused me to scroll to the rear of the plane. Then I opened up the shade of the exit door and saw something that I have never seen before.

I was able to witness some of the snow peaked mountain as we were flying over the northwestern part of Canada and Alaska. It was truly breath-taking.

In fact, it made me feel a bit small in comparison to the greatness of God’s creation – and to think that God made all of the heavens and the earth!

This is when the Psalmist’s words ring true: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps 8:3-4).

An unexpected interruption turned out to be a time of worship and adoration.