New York in Tel Aviv

Richard Harvey writes - Not the cities, but City Café in Tel Aviv, where the New York breakfast comes with poached eggs, spinach, smoked salmon, salad on the side, and all with a toasted bagel. Delicious! This got me thinking about cross-cultural transfer.

Everywhere I go, I am in search of the perfect poached eggs. Not too light, not too firm, with liquid yolk breaking through a firm but squishy white. Add some parsley on top for a garnish and a smatter of seasoning – and perfection!

Add to that some Tel Aviv sunshine, freshly brewed coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice, and on this side of heaven, what more could anyone want to start their day?

Today I’m with a group of younger disciples of Yeshua, and whilst teaching them how to grow in their faith, I will be learning a lot from them too. As we introduced ourselves a few days ago, one of them asked me what I did, what my job was, and all about me. I gave a brief bio, suitably describing my experiences and qualifications, and then asked her what she did. “Oh,” she said, “I just want to be more like Jesus.” Coming from her, it had a ring of authenticity – plain, simple, like poached eggs done just right.

So what’s the connection between New York in Tel Aviv and cross-cultural transfer? Well, just as I am in searching around the world for the perfect poached eggs, I expect Yeshua (Jesus) is looking for the right people, with the right attitudes and with the right hearts from his followers. We are not likely to achieve perfection on this side of eternity, but we can but try. Have a nice day and shabbat shalom!

Here’s a prayer from a modern saint that not many people know about – John Henry Newman:

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”

Tim Myers