Our tiny room had a cement floor, and the cardboard patching the window was little protection against the freezing temperatures outside.
It didn’t help that I was sick from our meal in the mountain village the night before. We’d seen the Peruvian villagers washing our serving dishes in a stream before we ate. That’s probably what did it.
The Indians in that village were grateful and content. They joyfully traveled by foot to a small church with a dirt floor. They would have considered our cement-floored hotel a place of luxury.
Sometimes I need experiences like this to remember the difference between wants and needs. I have so much more than I deserve.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
copyright 2012, Gail Burton Purath
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