Wednesday, October 30, 2013
In the summer of 2007 when I went on a mission trip to Peru, part of that included a trip by boat to revisit some of the churches I'd visited in the jungle the year before. From the trip 2006, my companions on that jaunt were dubbed Soldados de Barro, Mud Soldiers, due to our experiences slogging through it. Then earlier in 2007, when we made a trip to the ruins of Machu Picchu, we took the name Soldados de Roca - because that's what we climbed. So on this summer excursion we wondered what to call ourselves. Espera means WAITING, and it's something we had to do a lot as we encountered one delay after another.
My Honey Levi was part of that trip, and we harken back to it when we encounter obstacles to getting him here, to getting officially married either here OR there - We are still "Soldiers of Waiting." One of my Spark Buddies posted the above picture in his blog, and I glommed onto it - Because just because we have to wait for something to come to pass does not mean it is not God's will. And just because we face obstacles and the way is difficult - really, look at the examples we are given! - does not mean it is not God's will. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Is. 40:31)
It is interesting tonote that the word for wait is at times translated HOPE. We are waiting...with HOPE, with expectancy that God will do what He has said, what He has promised.
So...we are waiting, hoping, because we know He has prepared some good works for us to do together as a team.