Saturday January 5, 2019

Ephesians 1:18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints

As I look back on our day today I can definitely feel God’s hand in making days like today happen. Never in a million years would I ever have imagined standing on a mountain, gazing into the hazy skies, knowing that beyond the haze were the Himalayan Mountains. Or standing on a busy road through the District of Champawat overlooking the houses of the people who call this place home.

Early this morning we got up for a tour of the Abbey, a beautiful building on the top of the mountain with a 120 degree view of the Himalayas (on a clear day, but not today). The peaceful serenity of this place could only be achieved at God’s hand.

This is another picture of the church, but this time in the morning light.

 

Our drive home was so much fun (even amidst the fighting and the drama of our girls). Poor Anjali is really missing American food and today it resulted in a refusal to eat the breakfast available because she wanted waffles and I am 100% certain there were no waffles to be found in Champawat, India. The drive down the mountain was no different from the drive up, full of road blocks while we waited for the construction workers to allow us to pass. Oh, and a few monkeys who were nice enough to pose for us.

God has brought us to the most amazing places during the last six months. He has surrounded us with people who welcomed us with open arms and who continue to teach us about their culture, their lifestyle, their faith, and show us how the Lord has worked in their life. These wonderful people have shown us a different way to live and a respect for the differences and similarities we have. I have learned a bigger appreciation for things that I previously took for granted and continue to know the things that are truly important in this life here on earth. I don’t need all of the “stuff” that we left behind in Madison–the closet full of clothes, the various appliances in my kitchen, or the stacks and stacks of movies. I am beginning to recognize that I do need that connection with my family and my friends, a few pieces of clothing and a couple pairs of shoes, a roof over my head and a bed to sleep (and let’s be honest, a washing machine–I can definitely live without it, but I really don’t want to!)

This scripture is so beautiful and so true. Life’s real riches are not with material things, but rather witnessing and experiencing God’s beauty that is all around us. We don’t have to travel to the other side of the world, we can just take a moment in our busy life to take in the grandeur of His amazing works.

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