After months of preparation meetings, planning, and gathering supplies we are finally ready to head to Acuna in Mexico! Our church family has partnered with a local church there for a number of years now. I can hardly wait to see the folks in Mexico again. There will be many projects happening while we are there. Some construction on the church. Some home visits. Tent meetings in the evenings, and Vacation Bible School. Myself and a few other women will be conducting a sewing class with some of the women of the Mexican church. It should be a great time of fun and fellowship.
The drive from Abilene to our hotel in Del Rio in a caravan of 4 vehicles should be a fun adventure! A potty break that should take Marshall and I about 10 minutes could take 45 minutes with this group! But it’s all good. There will be lots of fun and fellowship while we travel together with one goal in mind, to bring honor and glory to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, I have my prayer quilt with me and ask people as we go to sign my quilt.
On our lunch stop, several of us went to a sandwich shop. I have never been in this sandwich shop before. The ordering system was not one I was accustomed to and a little confusing. A very kind woman explained it to us and showed us exactly what to do. I asked her to sign my quilt and she did. As we chatted and I thanked her again for helping us, she relayed her request to me. She’s lonely. She’s just gone through a divorce. As we were all piling into the various vehicles I was struck by how many dear friends I have. Any of the 20 plus folks with us would and have made themselves available to me on a moment’s notice.
I know several couples who are going through the loss of a spouse in one way or another. It is never an easy thing regardless of the circumstances. This encounter with the Lonely Woman made me stop and count my blessings. It also made me recommit to being more attentive and available to those around me who are alone. I want to be someone who includes others.
I want to be more like Colossians 3:12 “You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” sometimes it’s easy for me to get caught up in my own little world and miss the needs of others.
Lake Amistad sits right on the US – Mexico border. As we passed it, it was beautiful. Tranquil, inviting, and beautiful. I wish we could have spent some time enjoying its beauty. I think if I will make Colossians 3:12 my prayerful goal maybe the Christ in me can bring tranquility and beauty into the lives of those around me who are carrying great burdens.
Written by Susan