I've been known for saying that I think God lives in Africa more than any other place in the world! While it's probably not very theologically correct, there is some theological truth to it. Scripture is clear to note that God's close to the brokenhearted, and I don't know of another continent with more basic brokenness, loss, and pain than Africa. It's simply unlike any other place I've been to. When I'm in Africa I see God, people, and the world differently.
Last night I heard the old song "Turn your Eyes upon Jesus". I love the simple, profound lyrics:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace
There's something about being among the poorest of the poor and having "the things of earth" put into perspective. The truth is: we don't need all this stuff. Far too often I love the stuff. I love fashion, beauty, comfort, and pleasure. But I love Jesus more. Africa teaches me this. It helps me look full into the face of Jesus by looking into the face of the poor, hungry, thirsty, sick, and needy. And the things of earth grow strangely dim!
If you haven't traveled much, go! See how the rest of the world lives. Look into the face of Jesus by looking into the face of the poor, hungry, thirsty, sick, and needy. I guarantee you the menial things you think you care about will grow strangely dim in the process.