Tomorrow morning, I am leaving for Ethiopia. I’m going to be observing as a Hebrew expert checks a portion of an Old Testament translation for accuracy.
I find it ironic that Ethiopia is the country I’m going to first since realizing that God has called me to Bible translation. I find it ironic that Ethiopia, out of all the countries in and out of Africa I have been to, is the one I can’t wait to see again. For a long time, I hated going there. Zambia, Tanzania, these places I loved…but Ethiopia is different. It hides its beauty and warmth under a thick layer of cruelty and harshness. You have to get to know it first. And now I find that out of all the countries I’ve been to, Ethiopia is the one I can’t get out of my head or heart and I can’t believe I get to go back, even if it’s only for two weeks. Apparently once it grows on you it doesn’t leave.
I also find it ironic that I’m much more drawn to Hebrew than I am to Greek. Hebrew is…it’s this weird connection between a radically modern world and a radically ancient one, and it’s connected to all these cultures that share this characteristic. The Semitic world is by all accounts an odd one because it’s as though Semitic peoples have created a universe in which the ancient and the modern can live seamlessly side by side. It’s fascinating and really rather beautiful.
Tomorrow. Ethiopia. The Start of something epic. And, I believe, the next step on the path God is taking me down. Yeah, I’m excited.