What is so special about April 30? Let me tell you…
- A final coffee with one of my colleagues who will be going back to South Africa. She was only here for a short time, but she joined me for church on several occasions. And this morning, she spoke truth to me – exactly what I needed to hear.
- I received a very important email…
[Yes, you read that right. I’m going to learn to sail on Lake Geneva this summer. Apparently, I can qualify to get my sailing license after 5 lessons. Forget about trying to find someone with a boat. I can learn to sail and then rent a boat myself! A couple of other colleagues are signed up, so we’re going to learn together.]
- I attended a Mexican fiesta! The girlfriend of one of my Mexican colleagues is visiting, and they wanted to hold a fiesta. I thought it was because it’s almost Cinco de Mayo, but they informed us that it’s not an official holiday in Mexico. (Not sure why we’re celebrating it in the States?) However, April 30th is Children’s Day in Mexico, so they figured it was reason enough to celebrate. (Not that a fiesta really needs a reason.) The hosts made amazing food – lots of guacamole, “Philadelphia” (this is what Mexicans call “cream cheese”) with sweet jalapeno jam, beans, and tortillas with chicken and mole sauce. And a little dolce de leche treat as a party favor. They titled the event “Mexican Delight,” and it truly was a delight!
[Enjoying tacos with the party hosts!]
- Listening to a song called “Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship on repeat during my walk home. A few lines in the song really resonated with me tonight as I strive to maintain perspective in the midst of an intense work environment and a full schedule…
…I need You to open my eyes, To see that You’re shaping my life.
All I am. I surrender.
Give me faith to trust what You say
That You’re good, and Your love is great.
I’m broken inside, I give You my life.
I may be weak, but Your Spirit’s strong in me.
My flesh may fail, but my God You never will…
What a great way to celebrate the first six months in Europe! I continue to be so grateful for this opportunity.