God is Making a Global Village!

A friend and I were at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. We were walking to the first tee when we met an American guy and his 12-year old daughter on the putting green. We asked if they were teeing off in front of us, but the gentleman replied “No, we are playing after you. I am in the Seniors’ Qualifier.” We said, “if it is just the two of you, then join us”. As it turns out, he had flown over to England for the opportunity to try and qualify for The Senior Open, which was being played at Royal St. George’s in Kent, a week later.

What’s the chances you would meet an American guest, from California, on the putting green at your local golf club who was trying to qualify for The Senior’s Open? He was a defence lawyer trying to make sure criminals get a fair trial. After our round of golf, we had lunch and discovered that they needed some lateral flow COVID tests. He was not familiar with the area. He readily admitted that he could barely navigate keeping the car on the lefthand side of the road. He certainly didn’t have a clue how to get the COVID tests that he needed before Monday.

Fast forward, he came to my house and got the COVID tests that he needed. I tossed him the box of 7, with my best wishes for playing well and included my phone and emailed on the box, in case he had any other questions while he was in England! Never expected to hear from him again! Couple of weeks later, he emails me that they had finished their time in England. He thanked me for the hospitality that we showed to him and his daughter. He played in the Qualifier and missed the cut by ONE stroke. His email said that he hoped to see me at Burhill next year!

This experience got me thinking that we truly are living in a global village and world! Technological advances have connected the four corners of the world with bits and bytes at lightening speed. Geographical and national boundaries are gradually eroding, giving way to cross-border alliances to work towards a common good for all people. Although the disparity in this world still breaks my heart, we are seeing less and less tolerance for division, conflict and destructive behaviour.

God’s plan will not be thwarted. He promised in Daniel 2:44, “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever”. This promise was given after Daniel interpreted a dream for King Nebuchadnezzar. The dream had a statue with decreasing metals representing the 4 kingdoms, who would be less glorious than the one before. We now know the 4 kingdoms were: Babylon, Persia, Green and Roman, with God’s kingdom to come which will be forever.

Friends, this means, God’s kingdom will be a perfect kingdom of peace, justice and prosperity for ALL. In the meantime, let’s ask God to “teach us His ways and walk in His paths” as Micah 4:2 says. We eagerly hope and pray for a God’s “united global village” where all people are equal and valued! Hallelujah!