I’m packing for my trip to Guatemala and I just noticed that I am including more than just the clothes and supplies I need for the week. It was an “aha” moment… here’s why!
My dear friend, Marguerite and I have been given the Thursday night program to plan… a more serious night, for about 140 teenage girls. Based on the poem “Footprints in the Sand” by Mary Stevenson, we have written a skit to demonstrate how God loves us, and how He will walk with us (sometimes carry us) even when we don’t know He is there. How through life we somehow tend to accumulate a lot of burdens…burdens of guilt, and sadness, and loneliness, and anxiety and fear. He wants us to give it all to Him, and trust.
And it dawns on me that I’m feeling all those things in preparation for this trip!!
I am such a mix of emotions. I am excited, but also feeling a little guilty and sad for leaving…I’ve never been gone so long from my husband with no means of communication. I don’t know many of the women I am traveling with, will I be lonely… will I be able to talk to these young girls at Casa, love them and be a positive influence on their tender lives? I am anxious, I am afraid… And the hardest question…am I worthy?
I believe there is a weight limit on my suitcase of 40 pounds, so guess what… I just don’t have room for that "stuff." I will give those concerns away and trust Him… “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10) I have been called for this trip… there is a purpose to me being there and I will choose to travel light and let God lead the way!