The reason we like McDonalds is not because of their mouthwatering (when they are hot and fresh), world famous french fries.  It is not because of their awesome dollar menu (which they do not even have here in the Philippines – I’ll give you one guess as to why?).  But it is simply because it is familiar.

Yes, we recognize the golden arches and we know that when we order a McDouble (without lettuce) that it will have the same great taste as it did back on the home front.  This, my friend, becomes extremely important when everything around you is unfamiliar.

There is no way I can do justice to our life story as it has unfolded over the past seven months since I last blogged about our journey.  My head is still spinning at the way things fell into place for my family.  God is faithful.  God provides.  God protects.  We are learning how to rely on Him and not lean to our own understanding.  Not only is this the right thing to do, but it is the obvious choice when your surroundings are completely unfamiliar.  Talk about being out of your comfort zone!

But through this transitional phase of building a new life in a different land, God has been faithful.  The confirmation He has given along the way, His presence that we feel when we pray, and the comfort He provides each day; all help us to know that regardless the situation, God will make a way (hmm…that may be a song in the making).  God will NEVER leave us and that fact alone is far more comforting than seeing the golden arches through the front windshield.

P.S.  My wife told me to speak for myself on the liking McDonalds part.  Perhaps Starbucks would have been a better choice.  But they for SURE do not have a dollar menu….

11 responses to The Reason We Like McDonalds

  1. Apostolic College Tulsa April 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Why did I cry through 95% when I read this and laughed the last 5%? Well, probably because I know the story behind those words and because I know the life behind the man who wrote it. 🙂 Love DAD

    Stan – Sent from my iPad

  2. So good to read ur blogs awesome

  3. My sweet little cuz (which you will always be to me:)), I am so PROUD of you and what our loving, wise Heavenly Father is doing in your life and your precious family! He will go before you, be your rear guard, uphold you in His mighty hand, cover you with His glory and protection, and fill you with the Holy Ghost for boldness, discernment, love, joy, peace, patience, self-control, and all the fruit of His Spirit that we need to survive and THRIVE in these last days! Keeping you in prayer! This is WAR, and we know Who wins!!! Much love, cousin Becky (Short) Wright in Tahlequah, OK

  4. Kristen Copeland April 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    And what really blows my mind is that I can actually understand to a degree what you are talking about now. Nowhere near how you all feel about it, but a very small taste (no pun intended) of unfamiliar land is all it took. My feelings on a want for “exotic” foods have been met, and are now extinct.
    You should see some of the reactions I get when I tell people we ate at McDonald’s a lot because “we knew what we were eating there was ‘safe’.” 🙂


  5. I love you all so much, and you all are in my prayers every day!! I’m so grateful for what God is doing through you all. Wow! Who woulda thought my big “Bubba” would be in the Philippines today?:) I know Grandma Marie and so many others are so proud.
    Can’t wait for your new album! I’ve been excited about it since that preview I got last summer 🙂
    Give the kiddos and Sis Short big hugs for me!!

  6. Brother Short, I’m with your wife on the McDonald’s thing… Now if they had some good Tulsa BBQ there…maybe Rib Crib or Big Daddy’s, then I could see it. 🙂

    It is good to see you adjusting to your new home and field of labor. You folks remain in our prayers.


    • Now good BBQ is sorely missed here. 🙂 It looks like I may just have to learn how to BBQ! Now, I should have explained that the reason familiar is so important at times, is because we know that it is safe for us to eat. Thanks for the prayers and thanks for reaching out.

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