I can’t believe that we have been in Guate for over a week. In a way it seems like we have been here a lifetime and then again it seems like we are just on vacation and will be packing to leave any day now. My emotions are swirling all over the board these days – I waver from homesick to peace to afraid to reality to excitement. I am learning a lot of new “house” things, for example you can’t run the dryer, the shower, and have more than 2 lights on or the power goes off. I have learned that sweeping has become part of my daily routine and I can now toast bread on the stove top. God is definitely allowing me to be stretched. I can’t lose sight of why we have come to this place with its different sights and smells at 46 years of age. The Holy Spirit is teaching me that we live with the hope of eternity stamped on our hearts and this is where our joy lies. As I look out over the city from my outside deck my heart aches for the people that have no hope.
“By faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.” Galatians 5:5.
No matter what happens on earth – good or bad – this is not what we live for, but for the glory of our inheritance that awaits us in heaven. This is why we are here, because we want people to have this glorious hope that rises us above our earthly status. My heart swells when I think of sharing this – the gospel that Christ died to give us eternal life – hope of heaven, unimaginable bliss! Wherever God takes you it is because we need to share this hope. I miss my kids, my family and friends, my home with my pond and sadness threatens to overtake me and then I am reminded that we are here, in Guate, for a reason – Jesus Christ and what he has done for the whole world. When we look over Guatemala City, Bobby and I get a real sense of just how small we are – nobodies, just a drop in the bucket, but inside these jars of clay we have the all surpassing power of the Resurrection and that power will qualify us, the most unqualified of all to do His work. I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else on earth.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13