Thursday, May 23, 2013

Adventures |Costa Rica|

I can't even begin to describe how relieved I was to get to the airport on Wednesday.

I'd spent months preparing for this trip and by the time Wednesday rolled around, I just wanted to get to Costa Rica already! All the stress and tension that had been building up to my departure was lifted off my shoulders as soon as I checked in my bag, got through security, and checked into my flight. I was happy to wait an hour until boarding time, or so I thought. Even when the JetBlue employee announced that our plane was delayed because of weather, this plane was coming from Boston, it really didn't bother me. Why? After a prayerful send off for me Sunday, God's supernatural peace flooded my entire being. It was as if Jesus clearly reminded me that I was his childI have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV) Sometimes trying to use words to describe how I'm feeling is pointless because words don't always communicate what i'm trying to say. BUT. The truth of Galatians 2:20 became alive to me in a new way. I was/am so at peace with whatever happens down here because I have been crucified with Christ. Bring it on world, you can kill this body, I have crucified and resurrected with Christ.

Dan, a 6:8 staff member, and his son picked me up at the airport. It was really fun to drive through San Jose (the capital) to Alajuelita (where 6:8 is based) and see familiar sites. It was extremely comforting to come back. It was a weird emotion, "I know I'm supposed to be here, and finally, after all the comments, the encouragement, the discouragement, I am in Costa Rica." 

I arrived around 1:20pm and once I got through immigration (that was a pain, this dude had nothing better to do than give me a hard time :P)it was closer to 2pm. Once I got to Alajuelita, I put my stuff in Alix's apartment and spent the afternoon hanging out with the other staff and interns. We walked to the grocery store, Pali, and stopped at a smoothie shop. Then, a few of us helped Josh, who was leaving later the next morning, at 2:30am, pack. So, as a group, it was our mission to stay awake and bid Josh farewell. We ate a fabulous dinner, prepared by Whitlee, played a game (minus me, I was wiped out), watched a movie, and then Josh smoked his last Costa Rican pipe. We ate cookies and prayed for him. As we were driving to San Jose to drop Josh off, we realized that the other side of the highway, the side we needed to drive on to get home, was closed. Which then lead to a scenic tour of the greater San Jose area...with almost no gas in the tank. It was quite an exciting day! I ended my fun filled day with a happy heart, thankful for all The Lord had done in one day.

Today, we got up and rode a bus to Tiribi for a feeding center. It was amazing. The group of interns and staff rode the bus and met two people who brought food to us to serve to the people in the barrio (basically a subdivision within Alajuelita). It was so much fun to see how a meal brought smiles to the ticos faces.

3 comments:

  1. Yeah!!So glad you had a wonderful "Welcome back to Costa" time! LOVE you & miss you!!

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  2. I'm glad to hear you made it there safely! Have a nice time and remember....safety first! :)

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  3. I can relate to not being able to describe what I'm feeling in words half of the time haha but I really loved this post. I needed the reminder that I have been crucified with Christ. Thanks Lacey :)

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