I just got back from Costa Rica yesterday and it really was an amazing trip. I feel like after you get back from a missions trip everyone wants to know the specifics of how God moved in your life, what you did, and on a scale of 1 to 10 how much impact did it have on your life and the lives of those you met? But God is so big that sometimes specifics will never be enough to describe who He is. But here are just a few amazing things:
1) God reminded me how much of a blessing it is to be a student athlete at a Christian college. Student athletes often get a bad rep, especially at a Christian college. At a small school disheartening news and speculations spread like wildfire. So it was amazing to see this group of people who were all great athletes, but were putting God first in their lives. I was completely awestruck at their stories of heartbreak, pain, and incredible joy. I felt honored to be among them.
2) God stretched me…a lot. It was like stretching out taffy, something that is done slowly and takes a little time. I led worship on guitar twice for our group, which took much encouragement and a ton of prayer (which is funny because I really have a heart for worship and have prayed for God to give me the opportunity to lead people into His presence…easier said than done). Hopefully people felt God pulling on their heart strings and were moved into a place of rest in Him. Also like the 3rd day in, He placed an amazing woman on my heart to pray for and encourage the rest of the trip, which was definitely the coolest thing ever. And it actually didn’t freak me out like usual, but was rather refreshing and exciting.
3) God is limitless. I so often keep my focus on Africa and the Middle East, where I’m going, and how I plan to get there. And on this trip God was like “slow down…we’ll get there when we get there.” So I met some amazing kids. I heard people’s stories as we gave them Bibles. I gave deep thought to the fruits of the Spirit. If God is truly giving me to the nations, I want to go…to them all. I’m up for His surprises. I’m excited to fully experience His plans. I don’t want to fight the leadership positions He gives me anymore. When I cling to Him and walk humbly, it will all be okay.
So yea…those are three major things. There are a ton more. Like fore example, I now love rain because it brings beauty. Costa Rica is awfully beautiful…and so were the people I ventured with, many of which have endured downpours of hurt. After everything that has occurred in the last 10 days, I just want to sit at the feet of Jesus and say “God, you are so good.”
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.