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Lessons Learned

1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

A Few Lessons I Have Learned in While in Honduras

1.  Motorcycles and cows have the right of way.

Anytime you go to turn or change lanes, make sure there are no motorcycles in your area.  If you slow down you will probably be passed by two motorcycles on your right and three on your left.  Besides being constantly on the lookout for motorcycles, one must constantly be on the lookout for cows.  The other night we were forced to take a side road behind the local soccer stadium because one of the national soccer teams was playing in town.  Any hope of gaining time bypassing the crowds of people was dashed by the 12 year old boy driving a small herd of cattle directly toward us.  This would have been ok if the cows had been staying in their lane.  Needless to say, cows do not follow the rules of the road.

2.  All times are variable.

If you are a punctual person who requires punctuality of other people, stay out of Honduras.  A friend of ours always says he will meet us at a place at a particular time in this way, “I will be by your house at 6:30 HVT.”  HVT stands for “Honduran Variable Time.”  That means he will be there at 6:30 OR possibly 47 minutes later.

3.  Car Horn is a language unto itself.

A short horn toot means, “Watch out I am coming around you.”  A couple of short blasts at someone’s house or business means, “I have arrived.  Come on out.”  A little longer solo honk at a pedestrian or the car next to you means, “Hey man, I haven’t seen you in a while.  How’s your family doing?  Did you catch that soccer game last night?  That was a great game!”  A Long sustained honk means… well, I can’t repeat what that means.

4.  All traffic laws are optional… except for #1.

The law says, “No right turns on red.”  Well, all that rule does is help point out who the Americans are since we are the only ones who actually follow this law.  Also, at any stop light you will see many people treat it more like a stop sign than a traffic light.  If you are stopped at the light and can beat the other guy who has the green, then you take it.  The other guy can always hit his breaks and of course, blow his horn.  Just do not forget that motorcycles and cows have the right of way.

5.  A background check means you have not been arrested since you moved to Honduras.

When we got our background checks to become foster parents, we had only been in country for 1 month.  Since we had succeeded in not getting arrested for an entire month after our arrival here, you will be glad to know our record was clean.

6.  The greatest lesson I have learned here is nothing new, but it is something that I seem to forget and need to be reminded of day after day.  God will not call you where His Grace will not sustain you.  Why am I surprised that God is always there when I need Him?

God, in the midst of my daily comings and goings, help me to remember that no matter where I am, there you are.  Help me remember that whatever my surroundings, You are always my greatest need.  Amen