Strength: Saturday, July 16, 2016
We had an early start this morning. Betsy was teaching the Theological Education class today so her, Len, and Serena stayed home for class, while the rest of us went out to El Tunal to do some work on the campsite before Family Camp.
At El Tunal the men worked on replacing different parts of the tin roofs of the dormitory buildings. Christine, Joni, Hannah, and I cleaned the kitchen, dorms, and bathrooms. We also weed whacked. Another first for me here in Mexico. I made sure to have Joni take a picture because I knew Dad wouldn’t believe me otherwise.
This evening Tyler called me because they’re all at the beach with Lance, Tiffany, Lucas, and Leo. I was so glad he called me until I talked to Leo. Leo said that he loved me and he missed me. And I wept. For some reason the homesickness really hit me right then and I couldn’t hold it together any more. I’ve been here for nine weeks now and I leave for home in 13 days. I am getting more and more excited to go home, yet I’m still extremely excited for all that I have ahead of me here. Agh so many conflicting emotions. I’m gonna keep the blame on Leo for making me cry this time.
He’s faithful. He’s able. Through Him I can find joy in the midst of sorrow. The battle is the Lord’s. I’ve seen His power. He’s brought me through the fire. He’s given me peace in the storm and hope for tomorrow. I’ve seen it time and time again. So I’ll just say Amen, because I can stand and know I’m not forsaken.
While talking to Tyler tonight I already mentioned that I was hit with more homesickness. But as I talked to everyone they told me how much they loved me and how much they were praying for me. They reminded me of all God is doing with me here. So I decided that now was a great time to look to Him for strength.
Exodus 15:2 says, “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” True strength can only be found in God, and that’s definitely something I’ve learned on this trip. He has blessed me with the gift of music and as I prepare a song for church tomorrow it is highly imperative that I keep in mind that He is my song and I play and sing to exalt My Father.