Caffeine-Free or Extra Espresso?

What ordering in a different language taught me about God

“I’d like a caffeine-free latte,” I said.

The Hungarian waitress looked confused for a moment and then she proudly announced, “Oh! Extra espresso!”

The language barrier can be funny. 

Once my husband ordered mayonnaise, but the German waiter brought him a glass of schnapps. Another time I asked the Hungarian stylist to trim my hair about a half inch, but he gave me the shortest haircut I’ve ever had.

The language barrier can also be stressful. Missionaries and ex-pats know this well. And even when a person knows the language, they may not be able to transmit spiritual concepts cross-culturally.

But God has no language barrier. He's “fluent” in every language and culture.

People from every culture and language group have embraced Christ. No wonder He's called the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Let's rejoice today in our fluent God!
 
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What ordering in a different language taught me about God

17 comments:

  1. Hi Gail! The Lord is amazing in your life. As followers of Christ when we open our hearts to Him, watch out! The flood gates will open! Thank you for your little nuggets of love everyday.

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  2. Thanks so much for you sweet comment! Bless you.

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  3. Sometimes even native languages are difficult to explain what is meant. You did it beautifully. What a blessing.

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    1. Yes, even within the same language group we can misunderstand each other...that's true. The effects of the Tower of Babel are with us yet today...but isn't it wonderful that our love for Christ crosses all language barriers! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  4. God is so amazing! He understands us, even when our mouth says one thing but our heart says another!
    When living in an apartment in Germany before God made me His child, we had a K, LR, & Bdrm on the same floor as our landlord's daughter and hubby's bedroom. One weekend afternoon we were playing pinochle with another couple when she brought another couple up the stairs to their bedroom. As she passed our open door she said, I bet we're hindering your concentration." To be agreeable, I said, "Yes!" lol :-)

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    1. Love hearing these little language memories. Why were you living in Germany?
      When we did a short term trip to Turkey about 15 years ago, we stayed in Istanbul for over a month, and I'll never forget the repeated greetings of the carpet salesmen trying to get our attention. My favorite was "Do you looking for me?" : )

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  5. Your 1 Minute Bible notes are such a blessing. Thank you.

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  6. Thank you, Shelly. It's such an encouragement to hear that you are blessed by what I write. May God encourage you today as you've encouraged me.

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  7. Thank you so much for your 1 Minute Bible Notes they are so amazing, so empowering and equiping, really love them

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    1. I'm so glad they bless you. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  8. Indeed your love notes are something I look forward to every day, it’s part of my me time on my train ride to work. I am reminded of the temple and the tabernacle in the Old Testament when I read your love notes - you take us from the gate of the temple to the holy of Holies because every time I read your love notes I pray and praise God. Stay blessed and may God continue to use you.

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    1. You made my day, Nigel! Thanks so much for your encouragement. I'm so glad Bible Love Notes blesses you.

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  9. Hi Gail, thank you so much for you 1 minute Bible love ♥️ notes. They are truly inspiring and oh so helpful each time I read them. Continue yo let God use you for his kingdom and glory . Thanks again. Have a bless day!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I'm blessed to hear this. I appreciate you taking time to let me know! : )

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  10. PTL!your notes fly out to a backslidin' daughter.she never tells me to stop and will even send a smiley face. Little nuggets of salt for her day. I know they are working.mange takk

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    1. That's blesses me to hear, Kim. I lift up a prayer for your daughter that she will find her way back to her faith!

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  11. Thanks so much Gail for your little love notes,they're so encouraging!

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