We’re spending our last few days in Korea now. If you don’t know much about Seoul, it is the capital of South Korea and one of the largest cities in the world. It ranks from anywhere between 1 to 10 – depending on how people define the words: city, large, density, etc. The city itself has about 10.5 million residents and the larger Seoul area has about 24 million people – plus or minus a few thousand.
In short, it is crowded but an amazing story nevertheless. About 50 years ago, Seoul as we know it did not exist as it was toppled by the devastation of the Korean War. However, it now stands as one of the emerging premier global cities. It has hosted the summer Olympics  and co-hosted the FIFA World Cup . And yet, with it’s fast paced growth has come its share of growing pains. You can see it on a daily basis.
While I’m enjoying my time in Korea, I’ve struggled with the density and fast paced lifestyle here. While I’m an extrovert on my blog, I am very much of an introvert. Some would even consider me close to a borderline extreme introvert. But finding TIME and SPACE to reflect, medidate, and pray have been far and between. I went on a personal hiking trip couple weeks ago on a weekday only to be joined on the trails to the pinnacle of Suraksan Mountain by at least a thousand other people.
I wonder if that’s one of the reasons [asides from people being convicted to PRAY] that so many people gather at their respective churches for early morning prayer. At the church I served at between 1993-1995, nearly 2000 people gathered EVERY DAY [besides Sunday] at the two EARLY MORNING PRAYER GATHERINGS at 5AM & 6AM. All the pastors, including myself, was “asked” to be present for the 5am service. Needless to say, I had to make some serious life adjustments but it was so good for the soul…
Question: What do you do to rest and nourish your soul? Where do you go if anywhere?
Click on these pictures. They are amazing and convey a glimpse of how large and crowded Seoul is:
These aren’t my personal pictures. These and more incredible pictures can be found here.