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Alma Vela: Rainy Switzerland

Posted: 5/31/16 at 4:00pm. Blogpost by Alma Vela

13334565_1799868620233271_784647444_oAs I get out of the eight hour plane ride with the smallest television screen I have ever seen in my entire life, I stretch out my legs that seem to creak since the last time they were used. I step out into the little transport car from the plane itself to the airport and all I see are gray skies and beautiful rain drops clinging on to any window they can find.

I go through customs, then security, and am surrounded by the wonderful language of French where the only thing I know to say is bon jour and merci. I walk around aimlessly, waiting to find out where my gate is for the next flight. But it’s 8:30am here (2:30am in the States) and I won’t find out till 10:15am – so what does that mean? Explore, reflect, and recharge.

Explore

This life we have is a journey – so cliché, I know. But the beautiful thing about this journey is the fact that we don’t go through it alone – we’ve got God on our side. As I explore the airport, I look forward to exploring the opportunities that will be presented to me in Lebanon. I’m expectant for God’s hand to show up in ways that I can literally never imagine. I have hope in the Lord that He will continue to reveal himself to me and many others as I spend a month in this beautiful country I’ve never stepped foot in.

Reflect

With so much alone time, I can’t help but thank God for how all of this has played out. I ask him, “God, who am I to be sent? You really don’t need me, yet you still chose to send me.” And God responds with one of my favorite verses, Colossians 3:12:

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved…”

Dude, God chooses us. He knows every fiber of our body. He knows our past, our present, our future, and despite all the mess ups we’ve made, he uses us no matter how broken we are or may have been. Our God is forgiving and loving – so much so that I will never fully be able to comprehend. But that’s okay, because that’s the best part about following Jesus, we continue to follow, grow, and learn more about Him without ever getting bored!

Recharge

As I walk around the airport looking for any sort of charging station for my phone, I decide to sit down at a café and use my computer to charge the phone. Just like my phone, I too need to recharge and prepare myself because in 6 hours, I’ll be landing in Beirut – TOO EXCITED.

I decide to read chapter 3 of Daniel to continue my study of this book and man oh man – IT IS SO GOOD! The king has recognized that Daniel’s God (our God) is super awesome yet he builds a golden image that everyone must worship. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel’s friends and colleagues) don’t bow down, the king gets mad and throws them into a fiery furnace to die.

Now if you can, read Daniel 3:24-30. It is so powerful to witness the astonishment of King Nebuchadnezzar and then for him to recognize how awesome God really is. I pray that I may have faith like these three men and that people all around can see how marvelous God truly is, just like the king saw how powerful and awesome God is.

*This post was completed at 10:00am in Switzerland on Tuesday the 31st but was posted at a later time because of wifi issues*

Alma Vela will serve with the Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development (LSESD), helping with camps for the Syrian children as well as with office assistance. Alma is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. She is a member of Columbia Baptist Church at Crossroads, but attends Northstar Church while she is away at college. Last year, she served in Romania with the Kairos Mission Initiative and was selected for the Kairos Leadership Initiative this year.

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6 comments

  1. Muñeca, I really enjoy your writing. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. 🙂 and for leading us to read Daniel. It is a powerful scripture!!!

  2. “Dude, God chooses us.” haha I can hear you saying that! He does! I’m so glad he chose you to go to Lebanon because you have this incredible heart for their people and are so willing to learn about their culture and beliefs. It’s inspiring to see how open you are and really that’s how we all should be! The unknown doesn’t seem to scare you because you lean in so deeply into an all-knowing God. GO ALMITA!

  3. Go Almitaaaa Go!!! Proud of you!

  4. Thank you Almita, for sharing this. You ministered my heart! Your mama knows why!

  5. This post was so encouraging to read! It’s always comforting to remember that it’s because we know Jesus that we’re qualified to do anything for His kingdom, and I can see the confidence that you have in that truth through this post. It’s so cool that God spoke to your heart through Colossians 3:12 too!! I’m excited you get to share the joy and comfort of the truth from that verse with the people of Lebanon!

  6. Thanks for sharing this. All of Columbia is praying for you. Amen, our Lord is with you.