My family and I moved to a completely different country. It took us 2 weeks to find salt and pepper shakers for our dining room table.
Antigua, Guatemala. I had visited Antigua several times in the past, and since the first time I had been here in 2008, I claimed it as my favorite place in the world. I still have not yet wrapped my mind around the fact that we live here now, and aside from moving to Guatemala, we did not really have much to do with it.
Antigua is rich in history and tourists flock from all over the world to catch a glimpse of what remains of some 3,000 buildings destroyed in a massive 7.4 earthquake back in 1717, and again in 1773. Antigua served as the third capital city of Guatemala, and after the earthquakes hit, the capital was moved to current Guatemala City, some 45 minutes away by car. Today, much of the city has been rebuilt. Cobblestone streets lead you past coffee shops and restaurants whose employees stand at the door and politely summon your business. You look up and see massive volcanos amongst ancient church ruins.
It's beautiful. But nothing is all that different.
You wake in the morning. You make a cup of coffee. You get dressed. You sit in traffic. You get frustrated because you are sitting in traffic. You get to work. You leave work. You sit in traffic. You get frustrated because you are sitting in traffic. You get home. You have dinner. You go to bed.
Jesus is everywhere, but nowhere to be seen. Does that sound familiar?
Why are we here, and not there, then? Great question. Hopefully I can answer that a little more clearly for you in the future. One thing I can say though, is that Guatemalan people have some of the best hearts I have ever seen. And we have fallen in love with it. Perhaps God has allowed us to fall in love with it because He wants us here? Or perhaps He doesn't actually care where we are as long as we are doing what He asks all of us to do?
Jesus is everywhere, but nowhere to be seen. This is why we are here, and this is why you are there.
With love, I pray for us all. That we will all be faithful to God's calling. Here, there, and absolutely everywhere we can.