Final thoughts - Scott
We have been home for a week now and have had time to get back into familiar routines. Our clothes are clean, and we have worked out most of the “bugs” we had in our system. As with all great adventures, it continues to impact us in unanticipated ways, long after it is over. Like the men on the road to Emmaus, our hearts burn afterwards because we were able to walk so close to Jesus for a time. Each year I find myself anxious to know what I should do next. Thank God that He grants wisdom to His children that need it.
I came home this year with the gift of a new perspective. Guatemala is our neighborhood. Since my first trip I have been aware that Guatemala is a place where I cannot help but leave large chunks of my heart. I am in love with the people, their culture sooths me, and the land is captivating. It is also refreshing that our work seems to make a difference there, we are genuinely accepted (even if “gringo” is something we commonly hear), and we can freely share our faith without fear of government backlash.
But now there is so much more. It has become our home away from home. We have formed a depth of intimacy with our friends and family in Guatemala that only comes after years of sharing in multiple levels of life experience. That personal intimacy, combined with our drive from the Holy Spirit to see people come to know Jesus all around us, has eliminated the space between us. There were two words we used over and over there every day that seem to represent this new perspective perfectly. I hope to employ them here at home. Every man we met there willingly greeted us as “Hermano “ (brother), and every woman smiled when called “Hermana” (sister).
2 Corinthians 4:8 says, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Until next year…Dios te Bendiga!