Rolled into Chiang Mai yesterday morning via overnight bus. Rob and I wandered in the blazing heat a little while to get a good deal on a guesthouse. We found one for 225 Thai Baht/night, each, which is $8.03. Not bad.

There are some “women of the night” around here. Two walked out of the building next to where we’re staying at the same time we did this morning. They said, “Where are you going?” with tons of laughter… I Answered, “Where are you going?” One said, “With you!” followed by more laughter. Gotta be careful out here. That’s why Jesus told the disciples to go out in twos. Alone, a single guy, here wouldn’t stand a chance. He could kid himself about it, but in the end, we are all just men, weak and selfish. We are like sheep who all have gone after our own way. Naturally a man follows the darkness of his own heart. All the good intentions in the world lead the man in the opposite direction he thinks he is headed.

Like my sponsor in AA told be back in the day, some directions are better simply followed. Just like when a physical trainer puts together a plan for taking off weight or getting a stronger body. The important thing is not that a person understands how the plan will work, only that the instructions are followed. If the trainer’s instructions are followed, the muscles will get stronger and the goal will be reached. If the diet is followed, the weight will come off. Success in not based on understanding. The muscles will break down and rebuild no matter if the person doing the exercise understands how it works. Same in spiritual things. Many things in the Bible are hard to understand and the benefit isn’t apparent immediately. Praying for your enemies, or forgiveness, for example. How counterintuitive. In reality though, if I hold onto a resentment, I alone suffer, not the offender. Hating an enemy seems like my right, and I guess I do have the right to destroy myself if I want.

So, bottom line, traveling in “twos” is a good idea. Needless to say, Rob and I made it out for coffee without obstruction.

 

Chiang Mai Starbucks

Chiang Mai Starbucks