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Friends

03 Jan

Old friends, new friends, far away friends and close by friends.   We have been so blessed by all of the relationships that the Lord has brought our way.  Over the holidays while we spent our first Christmas in Costa Rica, I have been thinking about how blessed we are.  However, being here with most of our friends and family being somewhere else in the world has been a hurdle that we have had to jump over with the Lord’s help.  Being a missionary at this point, we have had to get used to being separateand saying goodbye.  And little by little it is getting a little easier.  Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard, but with the Lord’s help we have endured it.  Some people facing the dilemma of constant goodbyes have the theory that it is easier to not get close to people so that you don’t get hurt with the separation.  However, it seems that that is not God’s theory and that is not what we are capable of doing.  Using Christ as our example, He knew that He would only have a couple of years with His disciples and new He would have to leave them.  But He still loved them and poured His life into theirs.  He loved the people that came into His path and gave them what they needed – whether it was an honest word, a healing touch, a truth kindly taught or love, understanding, forgiveness. 

We are currently in a unique environment where we have to say goodbye every 4 months or so because we are going to a language school where graduates move on to other places and countries to serve the Lord.  We have made wonderful friendships these past 4 months that I hope will last a lifetime.  And all though a couple of weeks ago we had to say goodbye to many missionary friends…it is not the end.  We may not see them again on this earth being that we are each spreading out through out Latin America, but we will see each other again in heaven.  And all of our family and friends that went through the holidays missing us/us missing you…God has been faithful to fill that void.  I was sharing with a friend the other day that I had started to get down while I saw pictures of the holidays happening back in the States without us.  I started focusing on myself and how I was “missing out.”  Praise the Lord that He did not allow me to stay in that spot and get depressed.  I could have easily kept on dwelling on that, but instead I started focusing on Christ.  When He left heaven to come to earth He was “missing out” on many of the glories of heaven and time spent in perfect fellowship with the Heavenly Father would be different for the next 30 odd years.  Did He pout and feel sorry for Himself?  No.  When He was going to the cross, what did He do?  He prayed to the Heavenly Father and said, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”  As I focused on this and spent time praying to our Lord, He took this pouty/selfish feelings away.  I felt joy in the Lord and His peace.  It is not easy to follow what the Lord tells you to do, but it is important to do what He says.  And we are so blessed by the family and friends that support us and love us.  We do miss you guys, but we rest in the Lord.  Here are some pictures of some of our friends here in Costa Rica that many of you might not know….but we have grown to love despite the fact that it will hurt when we have to tell them goodbye.  Some of them we already have had to say goodbye to…

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