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CR SERIES: Do you want to know what it's like?

One of my favorite parts of my time here has been the moments spent with my dear family. I’ve mentioned them in other posts, but my host mom is Margoth and she is 32, my father is Roberto and he is 37, and they have three children Daniel, 13, Andres, 8, and Leandro 6 years old.

 

Last night Margoth and I sat and talked about how special my time has been with them. I realized that I had been given the gift, the privilege, the unique opportunity to live with a tico family for a month.

 

It took me very little time to realize I was completely entering into five lives that were functioning well before I ever came and will continue long after I leave. I realized that through my observations and love that has grown for these individuals my dreams for a family my own someday, a husband and children, has only continued to grow. Watching them function in a little house, solely two rooms and one always on reserve for students has given me an even greater perspective on family.

 

They don’t have much, but they have the essentials, and they don’t need much, because they have each other.

 

The contentment is what strikes me.

 

Oh this how is so little, I once thought, but now I realize the value of six individuals doing life together in essentially one room. So many possibilities for laughter, for conversation, for cuddles and love.

 

Oh there’s really not much to do, I once thought, but now I realize the richness of simplicity and that things oftentimes obstruct quality conversation and enjoyment in relationships.

 

Oh it’s so loud in the morning with chickens and dogs and many noises so early, I once thought, but now I realize the beauty of all that surrounds this little house in the jungle. The fact that I’ve been able to see monkeys out my window in the morning half a dozen times still gets me smiling.

 

Oh it rains so often and the noise wakes me in the night, I once thought, but now I get excited and amused at any moment when I begin to hear it on the roofs here in Costa Rica.

 

I’ve realized there have been so many glimpses into the lifestyles and environment that this family and many others like them experience in their day to day lives and as I sit here sharing this with you all, I feel like I hear the Lord’s voice saying…

 

“Do you want to know what it’s like?”

 

The lives. The nature. The language. The culture.

 

We read so much, watch so much, learn so much about people, places, ideas, inventions, environments, culture… But I’ve learned again in again in my experiences when you actually ENTER in…

 

That is when your eyes are opened.

 

There were so many things I imagine in this place, many instances I looked forward to, and as I’ve searched for the possession that the Lord placed before me in this sweet neighborhood in the middle of the jungle I’ve realized that He has been leading me to it all along, every day.

 

Something new to hold onto…

 

Unfamiliar faces becoming family…

 

A foreign language taking shape within my speech…

 

Unknown creatures and animals, things that crawl, fly and jump…

 

Children to play with and laugh and cuddle…

 

Paths, places, mountains, heights, depths and so much green…

 

I feel as though the Lord showed me glimpses of this trip before I left through different pictures I saw, information I gathered, and specifically through a very special friend that went through this same program and stayed with my SAME family (thank you Jesus).

 

The whole time as He built my excitement I realize that while I have actually been here He has delighted in showing me what I had been visualizing for my time here… Allowing me to see what “it” is truly like…

 

So many times God has proven to me in the last year or two how much of a Father He truly is. I hadn’t always grasped this reality, but now I see as His daughter what a privilege it is for my Dad to bring me on a journey such as this. Taking joy in showing me this precious part of His world, really letting me see what this is really like…

 

In each new place and experience that the Lord has for us He is beckoning us not only into a new adventure for our enjoyment and growth but also to be able to truly present us with people, memories, moments and places that only HE can give. It’s so sweet to realize this house I’m in is HIS, this jungle belongs to Him, this beautiful country has His mark all over it.

 

That’s why I love it here, because God loves this place. He named it. And although one day He’ll remake it back to His perfection, I still see Him working and growing and shaping an environment that He created Himself. And He just wants His daughter to see it how He sees it and have an experience that not only honors Him but also romances me and draws me back to Himself throughout.

 

Oh how I am continually brought to humility as I reflect on all God is working out in and through me. If I wrote it all down I’m afraid you would be here reading all day and night.

 

That’s just how good my God is. And I will continue to share His testimony, and each little glimpse of greatness. I realize that in choosing a life of surrender, daily He is showing me that He longs to meet my every need. My requests to Him are many because I’ve seen Him do the impossible, I’ve watched Him provide what was so far off, unattainable in my eyes and every others, but yet HE CAN STILL DO IT.

 

And my unbelief is continually shattered in the presence of a God who created everything in existence. And I’m believing Him for more today.

 

So my question for you…

 

There are many things we see, we dream of, we ask for, we pray for…

 

Where has God asked you, “do you want to know what it’s like?”

 

In response to a desire, a longing, an experience…

 

Because chances are He’ll take you there and lead you if you walk the narrow road of surrender and trust. Because if we REALLY want to know what it’s like from the hands of God, we have to give it all over to Him before He can ever give it to us in accordance with His will.

 

There is more for all of us when we let God ask us this very question, and we respond with a yes and anticipation for Him to come and meet us and take us beyond what we are visualizing in the moment. Because I believe He is a God of promise, impartation, execution, adventure and freedom… And He’s ready to show you what it’s like.

 

Whatever “it” may be.