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"Uber Drivers in Washington, D.C." - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I used Uber several times on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. One of my favorite things about using Uber is learning a little bit about the driver.

One driver was from Pakistan. In the course of our conversation, he told me that he speaks three languages. I noticed that he didn’t use GPS for street directions and so I asked him about it. He said that he grew up without it and he didn’t need it. I quickly figured out that he was a lot smarter that I am. I can only speak one language and I need GPS to get around.

Another driver was from Ethiopia. She told me that her faith is the Christian Orthodox faith. She shared with me that her church believes that the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant is in safe-keeping in an old church in her country in the city of Aksum. She said that it got there because of the Queen of Sheba and her relationship with King Solomon.

Another driver was from Virginia Beach and had served in the Coast Guard. When I told him that I was from Louisiana, he said that he was planning a first-time trip to New Orleans. He knew about gumbo and crawfish etouffee but was not sure about King Cake.

Then I had a driver from Ghana on the west coast of Africa. When I got in his car, he was listening to a preacher on the radio. He asked me if I wanted him to turn it off. I said, “No, I need to hear some good preaching.” He said that in his country, nearly everyone goes to church. I told him that I wish that were the case in this country.

God has made each one of us unique. The writer of Psalm 139 prayed, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) Some Uber rides in our nation’s capital reminded me of this truth.

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