do you remember when I talked about being transplanted into a foreign land, and the promises He gives with that?
i am seeing the fruit of that Labor, this work He began and promises to finish. it's overwhelming when you marvel at His greatnes, utter magnitude, true goodness. and never ending faithfulness.
i write this as i ponder the faces of my fellow teachers, all of us just two days away from vacation. for me, it is simple unbelieveable that i have a place here, that these people are my friends, my support, my brothers and sisters. and together we work to change the future of a country. simple amazing.
for me, reflecting on this past year is going to take all of December. and I feel ready and eager to do so. the second year of teaching is SO different than the first and the third year of living in a this country promises to change me forever. there are certain qualities, perceptions and attitudes that are being forged, that are good and life-giving, that could never have been formed in my former path. just a snapshot:
infinitely more patient and loving, in a deep and base level way. i can't explain how it happens but there is something in the very core of me that is just different.
a whole new understanding of respect and rights.
a simpler, streamlined self
a person focused, not task focused mind...this is huge for me.
able to make hard decisions and trust that obedience is way better than 'sacrifice'
a fuller gratitude, for everything.
appreciation for simple things: time to rest, a beautiful song, lovely weather, particular harvests, hospitality, generosity, solidarity. this, at least, the government has correct - promoting and applauding solidarity. the nicaraguan people embody this trait.