Thursday July 20, 2017

Thursday July 20, 2017

Traveling back to Lima today! Have to finish the capilla before I leave! My mood and enthusiasm this morning is fantastic. I am not sore or discontent. I am at peace! My back today started to give out but I just pressed through it. I think maybe I am dehydrated due to the altitude changes. Upon finishing the last outside section I hared Ruben yelling am I ok? Your bleeding do you need a break I’m worried. I looked down and realized that my fingertips were drawing blood and the ground in which I was working had blood on it. Due to the lack of equipment and materials you do most things by hand such as removing the soil from the ground after drilling the hole. Since I was drilling into cement and reaching in to pull our the broken rock and dirt over and over for three hours I didn’t realize that my hands were being cut through. To me all I could see what the white stains back of my hands from the dust. As I peered at my hand I wonder to myself how many times I have been doing something I didn’t want to do and I was exhausted or hurting but only because my mind was lacking the effort and telling me to stop! Today I literally worked my hands to the bone and didn’t flinch. Even after I continued to work to finish the project. After returning to the community I washed up and cleaned my hands where I could see the gashes and cuts. Made me think again of Christ like I did when I wrote to you all about the thorns. Made me feel like I was in Christ’s steps knowing that this was going to be difficult and still pushing through for the Father. Then as I am cut and bleeding Jesus giving me the strength and relationship with God to continue through. I was not worried or in pain. In my mind and actions I have been placing myself at the mercy of God! The language, the challenges, the trails, the emotions, and I do not try anything on my own I just seek him and let him guide and strengthen me. Here I wake up energized and ready to seek the relationship with God. How many times I cannot even wake up early for classes and I place my classes for later in the day. As I say I cant be productive early in the morning. Its just humbling and such a beautiful moment that I have given up an internship that was lucrative to pay and live without to help others and the satisfaction I have is so great! Freely give and sacrifice for the Glory of God and his blessings and happiness is so abundant in charity. There is nothing like this. Now do I think about the atmosphere back home and extras that I have sure! I mean I dreamed about pizza last night. Yet as I seek God its all just logistics I don’t have those desires. So my question in prayer today is How can I stay rooted so close to God when I return home. How are you all staying connected to this mission as your in work?

Michael Jackson

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