You guys, we had a crazy-amazing missions trip. And part of the crazy was trying to get home. But you know what? God was with us every step of the way. I saw Him as our first two flights, at different airports, we’re canceled due to “medical problems with the pilot”. We don’t know how serious that was, but what if it had happened when we were in the air? I saw God in how we were provided with free meals that tasted good and filled us up. And in how the teachers had credit cards to pay for extra food on our journey. I saw God in the woman working for Aero Mexico who stayed for 4 hours, until 4:30am, and figured out how each of us would get home, without complaining. I saw God in the 5 star hotel they put us up in, and even though I only slept for 30 minutes before I had to wake up the first group to go home, I saw God in how that 30 minutes on a hotel bed left me more refreshed than 5 hours of sleep. I saw God in the teens who were dealing with our travel mishaps with positive attitudes, who prayed for all of us to make it home, and shared encouraging scripture over breakfast. I saw God in the adult leaders who were being patient and positive. I saw God on our flights, where we slept and just enjoyed one another’s company. I saw God in how we had 5 minutes to run outside in Cancun, and yes, hug some palm trees. I saw God in how we had enough time to eat before our last flight and the airlines made sure we had the right boarding pass. I saw God in the parents who picked us up, were patient in waiting for us to fill out lost baggage claims (since ours went to Montreal with the other group), and dropped us off where we needed to go. I saw God in how even though I left all my keys in my luggage, He gave me the forethought to leave a spare house key with a friend who met me at school and drove me home after midnight, even though she had to work today. And I still see God in how we had today to rest. And in how our luggage arrived to Kelowna and it’s on the way to our homes now. And in how the last half of our group is so close to home.
God is so good, you guys. And I can’t wait to (hopefully) go back next year.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~James 1:2-4. ~ shared by Caleb over breakfast 🙂