Nothing spiritual relating to that heading – yet! – today (though there’s a meeting in my long-time friends Alvaro & Vicky Dader’s church at 8pm this evening, so there might be then! – simply an earthquake(!) about an hour ago (5.7 on the Richter Scale), following a similar one on Wednesday! Praying that there won’t be a ‘1985’ Mexico City ‘special’ when thousands died. As I’ve said before, Mexico City is huge – in excess of 32 million people: it’s 7,500 feet above sea level (I remember from TV donkey’s years back, Clive James’ BBC programmes ‘A postcard from…’ and he said of Mexico City it’s the only city in the world where you get off the plane in mid air!), and it’s built on a lake (blame the Aztecs for that!)
It’s a weird sensation, I remember my first one here in ’96, when I thought I’d eaten something ‘dodgy’ and was unwell, feeling dizzy. My (then) host laughed, and told me to look at the chandelier, which was swinging merrily away. I’m not sure that it’s something, as a ‘temporary’ visitor at least, you’d ever get used to: it is a strange sensation.
Some years back, my mate Paul and I used to rent an apartment long-term, in Cali, Colombia, as he then went there even more than I do. It was in the days before Colombia’s economy improved to the point that we couldn’t afford it anymore. I was going to look at an alternative apartment, with a view to renting it, when an earthquake arrived… the whole side of the apartment block I was going to, to stay in, had collapsed! I think God might just have had a hand in that situation….
When I’m in places like Cali, Mexico, Malaysia, India etc., I LOVE the markets. It’s such a real insight into the reality of ‘normal’ life for the people who live in countries where markets are huge. I know we have some big ones in the UK too, and they’re a snapshot of ‘street-level’ life. This morning, Benny & I were going to Tepito, the biggest and perhaps most ‘notorious’ market in the city, but Benny’s just arrived to say that the police have raided the market today, so it might not be a good idea to go! A large proportion of the ‘marketeers’ would be Del Boy and Arfur Daley characters, which is why I love it so much. Maybe Monday, before I leave….
So, tonight, Lord Jesus, turn up in power and blessing as I meet up with dear friends I haven’t seen for 18 months…. Alvaro is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever heard, a great worshipper, and he and Vicky lovely pastors.