I bought a dry erase marker because the floors here are all marble and I can practice writing the Hindi script–each letter with all 11 vowels. I’ve bought 6 year old Hindi writing books, children’s books, and the time that’s spent pouring over this new language adds up to around 40 hours a week (or at least that’s what it should).
“This God–His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.” 2 Samuel 22:31
Hindi script is beautiful and artistic and the vowels each have their own long and short character, complete with their own sounds. Sometimes the difference lies simply between whether you inhale or exhale when saying the character.
“So faith comes through hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
I sit and have dinner with a local family, my head swinging back and forth as each speaks the language I so covet to speak. Word after word after word–I catch small bits and phrases here and there found in my limited (but growing) vocabulary.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:9
Amidst all these new vocabulary words, lessons, conversations, etc, my mind remains in a constant state of learning. Learning, practicing, and reviewing all these new words are now the majority of my new life here in South Asia.
In the mornings, I wake and stumble into the kitchen and set about making coffee, enjoying the sounds of the coffee pot pulling the water into the coffee grounds filter and watch the delicious liquid (and its aroma) be delivered into the coffee pot. As I sit down with the Living Word to recognize and affirm its perfect, consistent, encouraging, rebuking, and even sometimes crushing nature, I realize that amidst all the craziness and change, amidst the new vocabulary, the new life, new relationships there is only one thing that draws men to repentance, instructs them in all righteousness, sanctifies them in truth, and provides daily nourishment, and my need to daily come in submission to its power and love is vital.
“And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every for that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 8:2-3
He is not just another vocabulary word, He is THE Word, accomplishing everything for which He was sent and is being sent forth, and the whole earth trembles under His power.
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God, and all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5