Guatemala, October 7th – 12th, 2017; Trip Update 2

Kaysey GilbreathGuatemala, Mission Trip Update

Team: Orchard Hill Church from Grand Rapids, MI

Written by: Erika S.

Tuesday was a wonderful day! I’m in the younger day care classroom and loving every minute of laughter, tears, dancing, and fun. Part of the daily schedule is waking up the kids from their post-lunch nap. One little boy in our room is a sleeping monster and absolutely loves his sleep. Waking him up is a 30 minute process. When we try to wake him, he fights extra hard to pretend he is still sleeping, even though we can see his cute little grin. He will do anything to get a few more minutes of sleep. Once we finally get him up and out of the crib, he isn’t thrilled to say the least.

Just like my sleepy friend, there are many circumstances in my life that I try to convince myself I know best in. While he might want more sleep, I want an immediate result, a better this or that, etc. Even though it isn’t fun to make a two year old upset, I know that he has to wake up; otherwise he won’t be able to sleep at night. I have a broader perspective on the situation that he isn’t able to understand at his age. In a similar way, the Lord has an infinite and eternal perspective for all of us, while my mind is limited to what I can imagine or directly see. Isaiah 55 says this:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

I can’t see what God sees, but yet I still try to direct my life. It is easy to follow what I want because I have a good idea of what the outcome will be if I’m the one making the plan, but I cannot see or understand life in the way that God does. Although I might get the short term satisfaction of a few extra minutes of sleep, I will suffer the long term consequences of choosing my way over the Lord’s. When I follow God’s plan, I might experience short-term suffering, but I can live confidently in knowing of the eternal life we have so graciously been given. In Romans 8:18, Paul says it like this: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

When our group arrived, we were instantly greeted with hugs and excitement. We have some returning group members, but there are also a handful of us who have never been here. This doesn’t stop any of the kids from putting their full trust in a complete stranger. As more time passes here at the center I know that the Lord is calling me to surrender all areas of my life by having the same child-like faith in Him. How much more trust should I have in God, who I know loves me and has given me the ability to know and be in relationship with Him!!!