“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”— Lao Tzu

Monday, 14 March 2011

More than I can dream or imagine...

As a missionary (that is what I am, but sometimes I fight the title) I have gotten use to not having much in the way of "extras" if you know what I mean.  I have perfected the art of simplifying life to the point sometime of  not knowing what to do with more than just the basics.  I can pretty much fit everything I own into a backpack and a box, which makes traveling here in Central America as apart of my job easy.  Getting dressed is simple, it is the choice of this one, this one, or that one.  I pick that one, OK, done!  But, as I said I love the life that I live right now and would not change it for the world.   I think that living a simple life is beautiful and again I would not change it, but sometimes God wants to give me a surprise...something extra, something special, something more.

Over the last few months I have been deepening my friendship with a local Belizan named Florita.  She is a beautiful woman who is growing in her faith and encourages me to treasure each day.  Since I live in community with over 30 people, I jumped at the invitation to a sleep-over party with her and her two daughters in their home.  While I love where I live, to be in a smaller home environment, is a real treat.  One of my friends, a fellow co-worker and I planned to stay over on Saturday night.  Just before leaving we got word that Forita wanted to take us out to dinner and to dress nice before the slumber party.  Not only did she treat us to dinner, but she took us to the restaurant apart of the resort that she works at.  It was so grand, five star!  I felt so romanced by God, so special and spoiled...  I have often felt that as a missionary, one whose work is to serve the Lord, I cannot have the"extras", but why?  God has been challenging my mindset to....dare to dream big, to watch as He provides and even somethings gives me more than I could ever dream of imagine!  Living my passion!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ally,

    We love this post. God is so gracious and loving. He does surprise us with some awesome blessings to remind us of the richness of His love and watch care over every tiny need and even our wants. Sometimes we want and only He knows what we want. His super abundance of grace and love delight our hearts. He takes great pleasure in that delight!

    Mom and Dad