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No Heartburn in Bangkok
By Karen L. Mechtly

Isaiah 26:1-4
1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.

    I opened my Bible and read from Isaiah, "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Since I was a short-term missionary in Bangkok, Thailand, I didn't know what I might need peace for that day.
    My work team was to quit work early that day, and go out to dinner at a restaurant on the 78th floor of the world's tallest hotel. However, travel in Bangkok, a city of 10.5 million people, was a hair-raising experience. The only time I was afraid was while we were on the highway. Surely I would need God's peace as we weaved in and out of the cars, buses, "tuk-tuks" and bicycles.
    Yet the trip was smooth and soon our team was aboard modern elevators, whisking us up 78 floors. I was delighted as we stepped into an elegant restaurant. Around the outside of the huge room were tables of appetizers, desserts, and a choice of Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese or German cuisine. Tired of rice, I opted for German.
    I was savoring my sauerkraut when suddenly the lights went out. We sat in total darkness until the auxiliary lights kicked in. Many continued eating then, but not me. My mind went to the now non-working elevators and my stomach did a flip-flop. How could I ever climb down all those steps?
    Then I remembered what I had read that morning. I asked God to give me His peace. He did. I picked up my fork and began eating again. Before we finished dessert, the electricity was back on and the elevators humming. Because I trusted God, I didn't even get heartburn!

Lord, Help me to trust in You always so I will be able to claim your promise of living in perfect peace no matter what the circumstances.


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