So, its Wednesday today of our Wyoming missions trip. Words cannot describe all that God is doing here either in myself, my fellow travelers, or the kids that we started reaching out to and/or soon reach out to…but, I’m going to try my best. Personally, this is my first missions trip ever and I can clearly say this will nowhere near be my last. I have built such great relationships so far and I have learned so much. I have witnessed God’s love through one another; I also have never felt like I could accomplish so much before. I had always heard that people go on a missions trip and expect to impact others, but actually end up being impacted themselves. This could not be a more true statement. We are a little over half way through our trip, and yet God has been stirring so many things in my life. I have been learning to rely on and trust in God to do what we need to do. One great principle that explains this came from our devotion today, which was based on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. This verse says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Wow, how powerful are those words. First of all God’s GRACE is SUFFICIENT. Secondly, my weakness is made strong through God. This verse could not have been truer, especially on this trip. I sit at a desk 40 hrs. a week, so working outside in the blazing sun for 8 or more hours a day clearly is outside my nature; however, even though everyone on the trip is aching, sore, and tired, we have completed the tasks that have been asked of us. This fact alone proves that God makes us strong because without God, we would not have been able to do near as much as we have. Just to name a few, we have repainted MANY things, completely refinished two swing sets, completed carpeting a floor, went to town on yard work, and so many more things. God has clearly given us strength, not just in completing the tasks, but using others to strengthen us as well. I cannot even count the amount of positive things I have heard from one another. Personally, I am a critical person, and so when someone tells me something positive, I turn it around and see the areas that didn’t go the way I had planned; however, these encouraging words have been accepted and turned to keep me going. Praise be to God for the work that is going on here.
God used today to prove to me that his words are so ever true in everyday life. Today, for example, was set up to be our VBS prep day, which is a great time to prepare for in my case, the Bible stories that will be told over the next two days. Being a person who is kind-of a perfectionist, this was going to be an amazing day. I believe that God used today to prove his strength once more. A little bit into preparing our lesson, the middle schoolers showed up to be trained on being leaders. This is such a great opportunity for these kids to become leaders that their environment and community needs. This also is something that I was not supposed to be involved in initially; God clearly had a different plan. One of the middle schoolers who showed up didn’t want to participate in the training. I, along with others, tried to encourage her to participate. It ended up that myself, and my partner for the Bible Stories, who also is kind-of a perfectionist, had to go with the middle schoolers to get this one kid involved. In the moment, I went with the flow, because of course the kids are one of the main reasons why we are up here. It ended up that we spent the rest of the day with the middle schoolers and helped with the training. As I look at today, I feel like I should be having a panic attack, because we have not spent near as much time as we would have liked in preparing for the next two days. However, I have complete comfort in God and I have confidence in Him because I know that my weakness here is no longer a weakness, because God is making me strong enough to do what I have to do. Not only do I have comfort, but I also had one of the best days today. I got to meet some kids and spend time with them. Today, we got to teach kids about God’s abounding and never ending love through everything we did and said. We joked around, encouraged one another, untangled ourselves from a human knot, witnessed eight people balance themselves on one small stand, and played basketball. Also, random bonus of today is that I learned what “squaring-it-up” in basketball means. SCORE! No pun intended. :-) God used today to prove to me that I am not strong enough, nor will I ever be, but because of who he is, I am strong and will always be.
To sum it up, God is good all the time and all the time God is good! I have been truly blessed so far, God is proving to me more and more every day that he is the most powerful and majestic King of Kings! I cannot wait to see what else God is going to do this week. Thank y’all so much for your prayers and encouragement back home as well. I am blessed more than words can describe. Also, thank you to everyone on this trip, it would not be the same without you!
The Human Knot!!!