I was talking to a friend the other day when the topic of the terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso came up & she mentioned that I had been there in the past and wanted to know how I felt about what had happened. And the conversation got me thinking, I was supposed to be leading a teaching team to West Africa the first couple of weeks in January but we had cancelled back in October for a couple of different reason. So I checked our itinerary and there it was, on January 16th the team was supposed to arrive in Ouagadougou in preparation to preach in local churches on the Sunday. And while I assume that we would have been staying at our usual place, which was less than 7 kilometres from where the attack happened, it’s hard to say where we would have been that evening.
I’m never sure if things like that are providential or fortuitous because I’m not convinced that God loves our team more than he loves those who were in Ouagadougou that day let alone the Canadians who perished in the bombings.
But I am thankful that we weren’t there that day and will credit God with having kept us out of harm’s way. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.