One evening during my recent India trip, we found ourselves un-expectantly arriving at a late-night village church service, where, unknown to us we would again be the guests of honor. I braced myself, wondering if I would be called upon to "preach." I laugh now at the incident when we were called to the front.
I heard the pastor say, "Now the ladies from America will come and dance for us."
I was in shock as I advanced to the front of the crowded church. I had yielded to numerous requests while in India...but...dancing? That...I JUST COULD NOT DO!
"How am I going to get out of this one?", I lamented to myself.
Turning to an English speaking Indian friend sitting on the platform with me, I asked, "Are we really supposed to dance?"
His expression was first one of incredulity...which turned to hilarity...as he began to attempt to suppress his laughter. Uncontrollably, he shook as sounds of belly-laughing escaped his lips. He told me later he understood why I thought the pastor had said that, because the words he had spoken, in Telugu, sounded much like what I thought I had heard.
Well...there we sat...and sat...all through the long evening. It gets to be a challenge to stay focused...and to stay awake... when you do not understand a word of what is being said. Making eye contact with the children sitting in the front, we smiled at each other, and began to play secret little "code" games. I held up my thumb...they discreetly held up theirs. I winked...they mischievously winked back. On and on we played during the long service.
After the service, we joined in the delightful late-night "dinner on the floor."
And then my children friends began to flock around me. OH...those kind of visits always make me so happy! Two boys in particular stand out vividly in my mind. I thank God for allowing me to make contact with them. In my next post, I will introduce them to you!
While in India, my desire was to serve...to be "all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." (1 Corinthians 9:22) But let me tell you...I was so releived that part of the "all things"...did not include dancing!