The title of this post has a double meaning.
The first one is about this blog; I’ve been publishing weekly blog posts on Dreaming of Guatemala for four, full months now! I’ve enjoyed the experience immensely, and I’m looking forward to the next four months to come. ❤
But the reason I wanted to write this post was actually because of the second meaning; I have known, for four months now, that I will serve the Lord in Guatemala one day. On and off since that beautiful evening in January, I have been ldreaming of Guatemala – literally.
At many different points in these past several weeks, I’ve felt like all of the missions thoughts I’ve been having, the Guatemalan references I’ve been seeing, and the frequent Spanish lessons I’ve been taking were part of some awesome, beautiful dream. But then I realize:
This is my reality!!
I snap back into the present and cannot stop myself from smiling. In today’s post, I’d like to touch on the three things I’ve mentioned above. So, let’s get to it.
- Missions thoughts. For most of my life up until this point, I really saw myself as a girl accustomed to all the comforts of home. Whether that’s a hot shower, a home-cooked meal, a bedroom all to myself, or a living space devoid of insects, I’m used to all of those things, and I appreciate them immensely – for a while, I knew that it was impossible for me to be content without them. Throughout 2017, however, I’ve seen myself learning to be okay in new situations, willing to try new things, and go without the things I’m used to. I don’t know what my situation will be like exactly on the mission field – maybe it will be more comfortable, or less comfortable, than I’m anticipating. But regardless of that, I can clearly see that I’m being prepared for something yet to come. ❤
- Guatemalan references. Have you ever learned a new word, or read about an event in history that you hadn’t studied before, or heard about a new restaurant in town – it can be anything new! – and then, suddenly, you start seeing it everywhere you go? This is what has been happening to me in reference to Guatemala over the past four months. No matter where I go, under all sorts of circumstances, I keep seeing Guatemala. The country’s national bird, the Resplendent Quetzal, has been popping up everywhere, especially – on book covers, calendars, board games, different websites online … *shakes head* It has been absolutely amazing getting to see the Lord at work, verifying for me that my future in Guatemala is very real.
- Spanish lessons. In the five full months that I’ve been increasing my knowledge of the Spanish language on my favorite app, Memrise, I have memorized over a thousand words and phrases. I’m taking any chance I get to challenge my knowledge, especially with my family – I’ll ask them a question in Spanish, and when they look at my like I’m crazy, I’ll happily translate it for them. haha! I know that my love for the Spanish language is a gift from the Lord, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the learning process. I pray that, in the years to come, my confidence in talking to native speakers will be strengthened. ❤
This is what my life is like right now: learning Spanish, growing accustomed to and learning to be okay with circumstances that may be out of my comfort zone, and trusting in the Lord to lead and guide me down the path that is my life. The Guatemalan children are often on my mind, and the country of Guatemala itself is often in my prayers. I act on what the Lord shows me, and for now, I am content and very happy where He has me. ❤