Greetings from Nicaragua!!
I´m sitting in Casa Mateo Missions House, where we´ve been staying, for a few moments trying to catch up a bit. The computer was down until a few days ago… and we have to share! =)
But just to quickly update – The team has now returned to the states. It was so very odd to return to my room after we dropped them off at the airport, knowing that there was now an empty bed and an empty room beside me. It was suddenly sooo very quiet, almost too quiet.
I went downstairs to get some breakfast, and spent a good bit of time going through an English lesson packet that Glenn uses to help the young people learn some basic English, but it has enough Spanish broken down in it for the comparisons to be a simple start. I´ll finish on this this morning at some point and give the packet back and start practicing!!
I had some time to spend in the Word, but was in the piano room for a good while, to worship, and to work up a few simple songs who´s words seemed to escape me the entire trip, most of which are already sung here by some in Spanish.
The overriding theme throughout our time here has been along the lines of letting go of what was (the old) in order to walk into what will be (the new). It seems to be that season for many, not just here, but all over. And evidently, I am no exception. I think I´d already been catching that inkling, but now that I´m alone, knowing as well that there was to be some precious time with Pappa (God) once the team left, I am more aware that this is where I´m headed as well.
In His infinite wisdom and grace, He knew how to push the restart button. I knew they wanted to take the extra bed out of the room (the twin I´d been sleeping on) etc… so I wanted to make sure I was out of the way before heading up to lay down a bit. (3:30 am came early!!) When I got up to the room, it was literally as if I´d walked into a whole new room!
Maria just spoils me!!!! She put new bedding on the bed, replaced my 2 half full bottles of water with 2 new ones, straightened and prettied things up, and placed a rocking chair in my room!!! I was thinking just the day or two before that I´d like to pull one of the chairs into the room… but wouldn´t have! I was thinking last evening, that this was like the separation from what had been so far, to what was beginning. God is so gracious in helping us move from one season to another, one purpose, one assignment etc.. to the next.
So here I am, about to head to the roof and check out the view and enjoy the heavy breezes that are blowing.