12 Aug Hope from a Hummingbird
After a week of threats between the U.S. and North Korea, I wish that my flight to Egypt tomorrow was a flight to the moon! I’d feel safer off the earth.
As I read the news today where the Chinese president urged calm between the politicians involved, I cried. Threats of war are not jokes. I just returned from Europe where I saw devastation of wars past. It’s not something to spout off about.
I felt powerless to help this international scene, so I turned to a higher source. I wrote out my worries, put the note in my God box, closed my eyes, and prayed for peace in our world and a safe trip for me to Egypt.
When I opened my eyes, I saw a hummingbird outside my window. My tears turned to a smile. Hummingbirds are traditional good luck signs of peace, love, and joy. I felt assured from creation that all would be well.
The road made be rough, though. Recently, I heard a panel of international affairs experts speak on the relations between China, Russia, and the U.S. After much discussion, they concluded that the best course for the U.S. is to heal itself, improve its education and healthcare systems, and resolve its great inequities of wealth.
In spite of its difficulties, though, they said that the U.S. still has “soft power” going for it, defined as the power of attraction. People from other countries still hope to study or move here because the U.S. offers greater opportunities than more closed and depressed societies.
I’ve never heard of anyone who wants to emigrate to North Korea. Perhaps some North Koreans would even like to live in a freer land.
I felt terrified today, though, watching their latest rally against the U.S. Why do they hate us so much? I can’t solve that, so I’ll do what I can and be a good ambassador for the U.S. in my travels. I’d like to tell the people of the countries that I visit that I’m here to learn about and appreciate their culture, not judge or attack it.
Thus, I will venture to the mideast tomorrow and remember the sign of the hummingbird. I’ll continue to look for such signs of goodness, and hopefully, the future won’t just have sustainable fish but will have sustainable mankind.
Jennifer Karin Jordan
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