More Reflection and Pura Vida

I have continued to do some major reflection lately. I don’t know if it is the season in my life, and where I’m at, and discovering who I am (etc.), or if it is just intrinsically a part of who I am as a person: to critically reflect. I do not go through life light-heartedly. Everything has a purpose and every situation is an opportunity to learn more about myself and more about the world around me. Both through my masters courses and through experiences I’ve had, I thrive on the chance to debate justice issues, economic principles, historical atrocities, human rights…  and I never grow tired of engaging in these challenging issues that I live first hand. I’ve felt like I’ve discovered so much about the values that I hold most high and my priorities in life and I have just sensed God leading me simply by showing me (or reminding me) who he’s created me to be and who he is forming me to become. I cannot change who I am or compromise values that I feel are of principle importance. Rather, I am emboldened to follow what I know to be true, and humbled to trust when I don’t know the answers.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

My faith is increased as I take steps forward, trusting that God will guide my steps and that His good and perfect plan cannot be corrupted, even though I do not yet see the full picture. I hope for God’s blessing and the fulfillment of my heart’s desires. But above all, I seek that my actions and decisions would be motivated by love and that in all I do, wherever I go, with the people I interact, my life would radiate love.

*aside* God is so faithful in confirming these truths in my life! Literally just an hour after I wrote the preceding sentence, one of my Guatemalan friends, who I don’t know that well but have interacted with many times, said to me “Tell me your secret. How are you always happy and smiling and so friendly all the time?” What a blessing to be able to share with him this love that has filled my life and that overflows in all that I do. I have reason to be happy (even through challenging times) because God has blessed me greatly and I am so thankful. My only possible response is joy. He thanked me for sharing this contagious joy with him each time I see him. Again, God is so faithful and I am so blessed!

I was also blessed to have the opportunity to hop over to Costa Rica this past weekend and revisit a time in my life that was so formative and so impacting for me. My study abroad experience in Costa Rica not only opened my eyes to realities that I had never experienced before, but also taught me how to critically engage in these realities and learn and grow by considering perspectives that were foreign to me. I was so happy to visit with people who have invested so much in my life and have exemplified for me the kind of investment I want to make in others. I had the opportunity to travel to the Kéköldi reserve and visit with a family that is very dear to me and immerse myself once again in a learning environment that I LOVE! I had this organic, liberating experience of getting back to my roots, leaving all the stress and clutter of life behind and escaping into the jungle to intimately interact with God’s creation. I don’t know how to appropriately describe how refreshing this is for my soul. I left Costa Rica feeling so renewed and inspired and affirmed. Praise the Lord for his good works in my life.

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Gaudy Leaf Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

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Helmeted basilisk (Corytophanes cristatus)

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Juanita feeding the cats- 13 total!

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Like I said, renews my soul!

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Bird watching with Keysuar

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Black and Green Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus)

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The iguana project: raising and releasing iguanas as conservation efforts to protect the wild iguana population.

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Gloria showing me how to make arepas


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Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chelsea Noelle Garcia
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 11:18:38

    I love reading your blogs Britney! You are such an inspiration to many and you challenge me to surrender more to God and wonder more in His ways.
    What an amazing God we serve, and oh how great is His love for us.
    I pray that He continue to be glorified in your life and that you will be blessed and be a bless in Guatemala and wherever else His path my lead you.
    Grace and Peace in our Lord Jesus.
    -Chelsea Noelle Garcia

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