I have been absent for a short while because I spent some time in Kentucky on a mission trip with my church. Internet connection was a luxury and not a normal expectation. I could access Google and Facebook on my phone intermittently but my Hot Spot connection was too weak for my laptop. It was a great detox from the typical technology overload.
We worked…created a landscaped memory garden for a family, orchestrated a Vacation Bible School for families, and organized boxes and boxes of donations. We fellowshipped with praise and worship music as the teens and missionaries played guitars together. We relaxed and refreshed ourselves away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We interwove ourselves into the culture that exists there and danced along at a hoedown event. I have not laughed so hard in a long time.
I brought much of my own food. I had concerns…social anxieties over eating…but it was fine. No stomach issues. No sleeping issues. For a few days, I could relax, refresh myself, and reconnect on a deeper level with God and people.
I am home now, back to the normal reality that is my life. Yesterday, I shared my experiences with someone at work, and she commented at how alive I seemed as I shared this experience with her. It is humbling to serve others. I know I don’t need to travel away from home to serve others. Opportunities exist right in front of me every day. This is the lesson I have chosen to bring home from Kentucky. I hope I can return next summer, but for now, I will be more cognizant of every day opportunities to serve others and to be His hands and feet.