I am doing my dissertation on the Christians who immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact Nations in the early 1990s. Their experiences living as a people oppressed, restricted, and often persecuted by their communist governments, were spiritually formative for them and hold the promise of teaching us things about our faith and ourselves that we might find it very difficult to learn living in the West.
Tonight, I interviewed Olga, a Ukrainian woman in her mid-60s who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. After we concluded our interview, she said something to me that just might be a diamond in the rough. I’m excited to see if this little comment that was added in passing turns out to be one of the themes that I discover as I continue my research.
Olga said, referring to the experience of supernatural healing in Ukraine as opposed to her experiences here in the US,
“Before, we are Christian, Christian, Christian, and we are always reading Bible, Bible, Bible. We pray and God heals us. Now, we are busy, busy, busy, and God seems far away.”
I feel like I’m supposed to leave it to you, my dear readers, to wrestle with that thought. Perhaps, we might all asked the Lord how we could choose to have our focus be more on the Lord and his Word, now, rather than having to wait for religious restriction to force us into it. Here, I’ll go first.
My Prayer: Lord, help me to be more Christian, Christian, Christian, and Bible, Bible, Bible, and less busy, busy, busy. I want to know You and be near to You. I am so caught up in the cycle of busyness. I do not know how to get out of it. I want to be caught up in You instead. I believe that Olga was correct that there is a way that leads directly to You and is fraught with the mysterious and the miraculous. Show me that way, Lord. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Now, it’s your turn…
Photo Credit: Ukraine Missions