As everyone knows, Sarajevo was the "home" of one of the most brutal sieges in human history- some say the most brutal ever. For nearly four years (don't speed over that number.... think about it.... 4 years!?!), the city was surrounded by snipers and "mortar-throwers" making no distinction between targeting the military and ordinary citizens. People were killed while being on the streets, standing in bread lines, and resting at home. And while being at home, supplies were regularly cut off- which meant no running water, electricity, heating, or normal food items.... again, for nearly 4 years! The result was catastrophic physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and probably any other "ually" you can think of.
In case you hadn't noticed, I have made it a point during my time here to never write about the war. Why? I feel that too much of the world thinks of Bosnia ONLY in regards to war, and anytime they report back that's the first thing they talk about! People don't realize how much this country has to offer, like getting lost in the stunningly beautiful mountains and their bluish green streams, the depth of the culture and history, and, my favorite, finding a city full of people ready to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of Joe with you at a moment's notice. For me, while it can be tough to be an expat adjusting to a new language and culture and being a world away from family and friends, I can count on just one hand the days I've wanted out (and 99.9% of reasons have been related to bureaucratic messes!).
For a taste of what I'm taking about, here are my favorite pictures I've taken over the last 2 and half years:
|Downtown Sarajevo at the Sebilj fountain|
|Near the Airport in Sarajevo|
|Hiking in the mountains surrounding Sarajevo|
|Skiing on Jahorina- an Olympic mountain|
|Rafting on the Neretva River-|
|"Wilson's Walkway" in Sarajevo- named after Woodrow Wilson|
|An aerial shot of Sarajevo, taken the fall of 2011|
(To see more pictures, I recommend this post by Aljazeera, who now has a station based here in Sarajevo)
A new picture came to mind... what if we were to place a memorial with one red chair representing Him and then surround it with a white chair for each person affected... each person redeemed? What an overwhelming picture that would be indeed! Then again, seeing how God promises that people from all the families of all the nations will one day worship before him together (Psalm 22:27), this picture would be better served with the red chair being surround by every color imaginable, huh?
Till next time,