I don't actually leave the US and launch into full time ministry until mid 2017, but it certainly feels as though my life has already begun to orbit a whole new planet. 13 days ago, I was beginning to wonder if I had somehow slept though my own launch date only to wake up while my life was entering an atmosphere that I was not completely confident I could survive in. However, that was a long 13 days ago.
13 days ago, while I was trying to fall asleep on the barely carpet covered, concrete, LAX floor (as hard as I try, I keep ending up there) I was tired, thirsty, sleepy and nervous that landing in Costa Rica was just going to confirm my deepest unspoken fear. It had been weeks. I'd been putting on a good face and explaining to others, while secretly trying to convince myself, that I was smart, determined and capable of anything. But, let's be honest, I have a degree in math. MATH. The acquisition of language, English or otherwise, has never been on my list of talents or skills. I just couldn't bring myself to say it out loud. I don't know if I can learn Spanish and I definitely don't know if I can learn enough to network and build lasting relationships in a Spanish speaking community. Well, I've always been taught that God meets us where we are and boy am I grateful that that's true.
10 days in Costa Rica affirmed that I remember way more Spanish than I could have hoped and that I am totally capable of learning and building relationships in Spanish. Far beyond my hopes and expectations, I also made several amazing new friends. Before Ecuador, I will be returning to Costa Rica for language school. The next time I am sitting on a plane to San Jose, I won't be nervous. Instead, I will be anxiously anticipating spending time with the family I found at La Montana Christian Camps.
God manages to constantly surprises me. I'm not sure why I would have thought that this trip would be anything other than surprising. I was so absolutely affirmed. I know that I can trust that whenever this ship finally launches, God will have made sure I am totally ready!!!