I know. I know. It’s an old song. Used and abused. Over-sung and under-appreciated. But if you stop to really think about the meaning behind the words it’s kind of – well, awesome.
As I was driving home this afternoon I was reflecting on the meeting I had just left – our first official Commitment Lunch for the Mission Trip to Guatemala in September.
As my good friend Ryan was starting the meeting, he suggested we go around and introduce ourselves and share what we hoped to “get out of” the trip. Yeah, uh huh…and he did it. He looked straight at me and said, “Cindy, why don’t you start?” (BTW – Ryan, thanks for that!)
Now it’s not like I haven’t thought about what I hope to “get out of” this trip. I’ve thought a great deal about the trip and I’ve formed expectations in my mind (most of which I expect to be totally inaccurate, but that’s what this “planner personality” does. She anticipates.). I’ve looked at pictures and watched videos trying to prepare myself for what I’ll experience. I’ve read articles and blogs and books by people involved in ministering to those living in third world countries in the name of Christianity – most of which honestly tell you that there are no words to describe what you will feel. Well, that’s a big help!
This will actually be my first mission trip, my first time traveling outside the United States and only my third time traveling by airplane (well, 5th and 6th if you count round trips as two flights – I’m such an ignorant traveler still, but I love it!).
I shared with the group that my hope was to see for myself what life outside the U.S. looks like. I know, eloquent, right? Not even a little bit!
I’m much better with words when I’m typing them than when I have to deliver them from my actual lips. What I would have liked to expressed is that in experiencing life outside of the U.S. I would better understand a little of what my purpose is. Why was I chosen to enjoy a life of freedom? Why do I get more opportunities than I could ever take advantage of? Why me? Why now? Why here? And the words from the book of Esther ricocheted through my mind – “For such a time as this…”
God gave me what He’s given me for a reason – to bring glory to His name. That’s what I should be about every day, no matter where I am.
So as I anticipate my trip, I thought about what kind of work I would like for God to do in my life. And I came to the conclusion that the eyes of my heart need to be opened to see the whole world the way He sees it. To see the people of Guatemala City not as objects to be pitied, but as God’s beloved and chosen. To see them as individuals who may not have the luxuries you and I take for granted but as “the apple of His eye”, precious and valuable. I expect to learn from them and see the hand of God there, possibly in ways we may never be able to experience in a “First World” setting.
I also expect that the eyes of my heart will see my everyday life a little differently when we return. I have found that a change in perspective is a very powerful thing.
If you would like to be a part of this journey with me, there are several ways to do that. 1) I would love for you to commit to pray for me, the Missions Team, and the ministry of Hope for Guatemala. Please leave a comment below so I know who my Prayer Warriors are. 2)You can contribute to the cost of the travel expenses and supporting the Ministry by clicking this link and making a secure, tax deductible donation. It is our goal that more than 50% of all funds raised will go straight to Hope for Guatemala. 3) Consider forwarding this message to people you know. This is too important to keep to ourselves. Everyone deserves an invitation to be a part of this great work.
Thank you! I hope to keep you posted here at I Saw God Today throughout our trip. But since I don’t know exactly what to expect, we’ll just have to wait and see! 🙂