Planting Flowers and Fixing Roads near the D.M.Z.

Well, the 7 hours+ on the bus weren’t exactly refreshing, but our time at the DMZ surely was.   To visit a place and literally be able to “see” North Korea and to come away not anxiety filled but hopeful is nothing short than the grace of God at work.  I’ll post some pictures below but in the meantime let me give you two quick images of the DMZ that will forever stick with me.  

There were flowers blooming along the roadside.  In fact, pansies were planted in planters on two bridges in full bloom.  They were beautiful.  A road crew was doing construction on a section of road about 5 minutes from our first stop along the DMZ.

Haven’t they heard?  North Korea wants to invade?  Didn’t they know that the US President has been threatening violence against the North and the North said it will not back down?  In fact, they have been shooting missiles over Japan!

Oh, they know alright.  And refuse to live in fear.  They are fully aware and are still planting flowers adn fixing their roads which are two things people do when they expect to be around for a while.

Today showed me what it means to not be anxious for anything and pray about everything.  It wasn’t just a slogan but a way of life.  And you know what?  The peace of God, which surpasses all understaindg was palpable in the people along the DMZ.  A beautiful place and a more beautiful people. 

I’ll leave you with some pictures.  All this hope has worn me out today…along with a full day’s bus ride!  Up and at’em at 3:00 in the morning for a prayer meeting. 

North Korea

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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