Let It Be

“May all your expectations be frustrated. May all your plans be thwarted. May all your desires be withered into nothingness. So may you experience the powerlessness and poverty of a child and sing and dance in the mystery of God.” Author Unknown

There are not many times in our too busy lives, when we turn to God and say unconditionally you Father, have control of my day. Even my deepest desire to have a relationship with God seems to be loaded with certain conditions. Each day has its own unique set of circumstances. Each day there is a constant reminder to let go and let God. For me it’s definitely a work in progress. Trading my will for his is a little scary, seems pretty risky but, can also be exciting when I think of the possibilities.

I was not sure the trip to Nicaragua was something I should do at this time, for lots of reasons. In the end (the last minute) I knew I was blessed to have this opportunity. The extreme poverty was shocking. There were deep wounds and healing needed in some we met. Illeana and Mercedes parents have lost so much. They have already lost six children. We can’t begin to take this all in but, we can put them in God’s hands and pray for his healing and peace.
The ultra poor have a lot to teach us. They have great humility and hope. When God says “Trust Me” they answer the call. It’s evident in how they live their lives. There is an innate joy. You see and hear it in the many open air church services, where songs of praises fill the streets. It’s a total surrender to God. You know you are part of a sacred space when an elderly woman you have intended to pray for, comes to you first with the purest of blessings.

When I decided to say yes to God and go on this trip, he took me to people with gifts that I needed. We met some remarkable adults but, the children with their acceptance and pure joy showed me in the truest sense what it means to be a child of God. There were “Sound of Music” moments on a volcanic hillside, looking over a beautiful valley. Children and adults rolled in tall sponge like grass. Just like I imagine clouds would feel. Sunset moments on a beach with joined hands saying “adios el sol” (goodbye sun) and “hola luna” (hello moon). There were so many ahaa experiences watching others interact with the kids. If we give Gods gifts away to the people we meet with love, we are always surprised by the joy and love we receive.

I did not trust God at first with this trip but, when I decided to enter into the adventure he was with me every step of the way. In the people he gave me to travel with and in the people we met. The strangeness of a new place was no longer a little scary. Each new experience was special because God was there and we were sharing it together. Thank you Lord Jesus!

Abba God,
May our God’s Grace family always welcome and pray for these precious little ones and their care takers Daniel, Jessenia, Tatiana, Elena, Deanna, Bianca, Elias, Margine, John, Jeremy, Alba and Aracely, Brad, Bismark and Ingrid. God, your love is so good. Thank you for teaching me about who you are. Help me to draw closer to you and all your children. Amen

Lois Autterson

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