Like I said earlier, my hiatus was due to a number of factors, but none so important and life changing as going to Costa Rica for 12 days. When we got home home I think I was depressed for at least a week, and I didn't even really want to talk about the trip for about 2 weeks. It wasn't because I didn't have a great time or it wasn't what I thought it would be, it was because the experience was so overwhelming. In an awesome way. In a God way.
I won't go through and recount my trip detail for detail (even though I would LOVE to) but I will tell you the top three things God taught me up on that mountain in Grano de Oro.
1. "I am BIG."
He is not kidding. There is nothing that could make me feel smaller (and I am pretty small to begin with!) than standing on that mountain and looking at everything He made. HE MADE THE WORLD! He made the world and everything in it for you and for me. Just think about that for a second. Francis Chan describes it the best I have ever heard it in Crazy Love. Read it!
2. "My son died for you."
I gave my life to Christ when I was 12 at a VBS at Hyde Park Baptist Church, and I knew what it meant and what I was doing. However one of the things I love about my God is that he is constantly giving me deeper understanding. I know why Jesus lived and I know why he died and I know how my life ties in to all of that! But there is nothing more humbling than when you talk to God and he personally tells you that he loved you enough to send his child in your place.
3. "Less is more."
We always say Americans don't know how good we have it. It is the honest truth. Never in my life have I seen people live in what can only be described as huts with dirt floors and 1 pot to cook in. That is the kind of stuff you read about and see on tv. But they are SO happy! They have nothing, literally nothing, but Jesus and they don't seem to mind at all. They totally and completely rely on Him for their every need. I want what they have!