God Breaks In With Story

GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

garyguarujaIt was fifteen years after the massacre when I first heard the story.

I had just moved to South America. It was the rainy season and I found myself spending an exorbitant amount of time in my room staying out of the torrential rain and dealing with the results of my story1new acquaintance with previously unmet tropical stomach bugs.

In search of a good book to help pass my enclosed time I borrowed a one with a green cover jacket that supported a yellow airplane and its young pilot on the dust jacket. It carried the title Jungle Pilot – The Life and Witness of Nate Saint.

It was a story of faith, trust, and sacrifice by five missionary families in their attempt to introduce Jesus to the Waodani tribe hidden in the Jungles of Ecuador.

story6On January 8, 1956 the five families lost their husbands and fathers to a bloody spearing on a sand bar of the Curaray River which they named Palm Beach.

Eventually, some family members were invited to live among the tribe. In due time, tribal leaders committed to “walk God’s trail” and were baptized in repentance and submission to Jesus.

Through events that only make sense in God’s economy,  Kimo and Dyuwi of the Waodani tribe—two of the raiding party who  killed the five missionaries—baptized the children of Nate and Marge Saint, Steve—age 14—and Kathy, in the River Curaray near the spot where their father died.

story2As the story evolved, Mincaye—who administered the fatal blow to their father—became the much loved adopted father to Steve and grandfather to his and Ginny’s children.

For the past 45 years I’ve followed as the story continues to unfold through books, magazine articles, family accounts, and film dramatizations.

This story stands in the company of a few select stories outside of Scripture that have shaped my own spiritual journey.

Is it just a perchance happening that I came across the story and since 1970 continued to reflect upon its outcomes?

I think of a few significant ways this six decade old story impacts my walk.

It caused me to see a bigger God than I might otherwise have known. It is far too easy to think of God in terms of my experiences. In addition, I am somewhat aware of God’s ministry through the limited number of people I know or who are within the scope of my church tribe.

I have come to know that I serve a God who is the Great I Am. He acts without my approval. He can change the hearts of murdering heathen into loving followers of Jesus.

story7To follow the story that happened on a sandbar of the River Curaray in Ecuador is to follow players who continue to trust God in the midst of life’s trials, pain, and death.

Trusting one’s life to Jesus does not eliminate loss and pain. However, it does mean his presence is with me in successful times and through periods of excruciating pain and loss.

How about pushing the pause button and thinking about times when God broke into your life through story?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In With Story.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com




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