Hi there! I hope that the beginning of your week has been beautiful so far. ❤ The last time that I wrote about missions on my blog was in June – although it feels like much longer ago than that!
In looking back at how I first felt in January of last year, then fast-forwarding to how I view the situation now, so much has changed. That was bound to happen, since a lot can change anything in our lives after nearly two years of it being around!
I decided that for today’s post, it would benefit me (and inform you!) if I were to write about my Guatemala dream and what it means to me now.
Are you ready? Let’s get right into this. ❤
The Beginning of a Dream
Just like with every other long-term (and even short-term) dream in my life, it initially started somewhere. This one was no different, although its significance in my life definitely set it apart from the rest!
I remember where I was, I remember how I felt, and I remember how its presence in my thoughts the following weeks impacted me. It was one of the first times that I’d ever felt like I had been created with a special purpose, because having this goal in sight shaped and strengthened my future.
I didn’t feel like I was running around aimlessly; I knew I was right where I needed to be, with the details the Lord had given me. The peace that filled my heart those first couple of weeks was with me continually, and even in the months that followed, it remained.
The Holy Spirit reassured me that this dream was from the Lord, even when I wondered if it would ever work out, when I began to doubt and worry.
I knew that working with Guatemalan children, learning Spanish, and experiencing the culture and surroundings of Guatemala was already part of me. This passion absolutely took up residence within my heart, and the beautiful thing about it was that I was willing to trust the Lord with it.
A Certain Future
Before this dream came about, I deeply struggled to put my faith in the Lord and believe in the goodness of His plans. I wanted to rush ahead, do my own thing, and pray about what I wanted to see happen. I didn’t know what trusting Him would result in, because I figured that it meant first abandoning my own goals and desires.
Well, I’ve now learned that’s not true. I have become keenly aware of the fact that the Lord doesn’t ask us to give up everything we love and hold dear to follow the other plans He has for us.
He has handcrafted our lives in His hands.
Because the Lord can see into our complete pasts, presents, and futures, He ordains for us to be good at certain things, like other things, and strive for different dreams because He will fulfill those desires in our hearts!
The Lord knew that I would be good at learning other languages; He knew that I’d love working with those Guatemalan children; He knew how much I adore traveling, and the thought of leaving my home country excited me. He knew that having stability in my future blessed me exceedingly, and He knew just how much this part of my life’s journey would forever impact me.
Growing My Faith in Him
Even if my time in Guatemala ends up only being one trip (for a while, I wondered if I’d live there), that will be a huge blessing to me. Guatemala’s significance in my life is mainly to remind me that the Lord has beautiful plans for me – not just one main plan, but many little ones. That is what makes life so precious; every little thing in our lives that means so much to us. 🙂
Recently, I have seen the Lord working on my heart, growing my faith, and teaching me to fully trust in Him. It is getting easier and easier for me to trust in His timing, His plans, and His ways. Remaining at peace about Guatemala has carried over into trusting Him with the welfare of this blog (I truly had no idea I’d come back ❤ ), as well as different situations that I wanted to work out but then didn’t according to my desires.
I am learning what it means to trust in the Lord with all my heart and to not lean on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). It blesses me every time I think about it!
So, to sum up a lengthy post, I am still dreaming of Guatemala … just in a different way. I would love to go one day, but more than anything else, I’m willing to go wherever my Heavenly Father leads me. Following Him truly makes my life worth living. 🙂
Thank you so much for reading! I really enjoyed sharing about my faith journey, as well as what Guatemala means to me now. ❤ If you have any questions about this passion of mine, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
What are YOU passionate about?
happy Monday to you!