Monday, August 23, 2010
It has been a very busy time these last few weeks! I have successfully complied my various and colorful To-Do lists and have been steadily checking off the items.
Note: This post is traveling in reverse order.
News from Sunday:
Sydney and I spoke with our host family in India early Sunday morning : ) It was a good conversation and many questions were answered. They are very excited for Sydney and I to arrive and look forward to meeting us in person with great eagerness and much joy, as do we. Currently our scheduled departure date is the 20th of September! Our main responsibilities will include teaching kids from 4-8 years old and helping with what needs to be done around the house. Brother Matthew will supply a phone for Sydney and I that is capable of receiving international calls. We weren't expecting that! What a blessing!
A Story from Saturday:
I have been working at the diner for several weeks now. Saturday night was a night filled with those cranky customers who, for some reason or another, feel fussy over the slightest thing and don't really greet you with a smile in return.
It was the end of the night and a table of about 10 women were leaving. In the midst of the commotion, a couple walked in. I was totally not prepared to be seating anyone, I'd never done that before, but the hostess was busy closing out checks, so I went over and sat the couple in a booth. We chatted a bit, and I didn't feel like they were too excited by the service that evening. The woman asked me a question which I should have rightly known the answer to – which dishes are vegetarian? Haha, me, a vegetarian had no answered prepared. I decided I would learn the answer to this question. So I left, still feeling a slight negativity towards the establishment, perhaps also toward my service. I wanted to help lighten the mood so we struck up a conversation. It was a good talk, the best I had had all night. We found that there were a lot of commonalities in our lives and chatted about living in the area. I told them that I had just graduated from Eastern University with a degree in Anthropology and Missions and I was on my way to India. I found out they go to a church near Eastern. By the end of the night, I had giving them the link to this blog (Hope you're reading this guys, and I do remember your names, I just didn't want to share them with the world!) and we exchanged many encouraging words. As frequently happens at the diner, sometimes the customers prefer to hand a tip to the server instead of leaving it on the table. So when the woman walked over to me I thought this was what was happening, or perhaps she needed something else. She did hand me a tip – and when she walked away my eyes filled with tears. It was a very large tip, she said it was for my work in India. It doubled what I had made the entire night. The Lord does provide. And I was very moved by their kindness. Just that night, before going to work, I asked that the Lord would show me His provision. I was not expecting it to be like this – but I think that's one of the beautiful things about God. You never know how He will display His glory, but every time it's perfect.
Last Friday my friends and family and I celebrated what has become a Bechthold-Misiak-friendsofkatandserinawhoaremorelikefamilyanway Family tradition known as Thanksgiving in August. Thanksgiving in August started several years ago when Ken started studying in Texas. He wasn't home for thanksgiving in November, so we had it early so that all the college students could be home for it. This time, though, it was a little different. Not only was Ken going to be away from home in November, Sydney, my dad and I will also not be here. It will be a strange day indeed. I was very blessed to have my friend Jackie drive me all the way up to my house just to spend a short 24 hours with my family and friends before heading back down to Philly. It was a great time. I got to talk with DJ and share in her exciting news and new adventures. I was able to spend the night talking to Serina. We enjoyed delicious food at the Misiak's and played cards in the afternoon, Spoons and Missionary Manners. Then the Morgan's invited Jackie and I over to their house for an hour or so, we had a great time of discussion and prayer. Then Jackie and I returned to the Misiak's in order to spend one last hour with Ken before head back to Texas. I am so thankful for all these beautiful people who are in my life. I always leave feeling loved and cared for. It's funny how, sometimes, it's the people whom you least expect that make the biggest difference in your life. So many angels from unexpected places. You know who you are, and thank you.
It has been a long tumultuous summer, so many seasons wrapped up in one. I'm glad for the events and people who have been in my life. Sure, I've made mistakes and I carry my fair share of regret, but there is always forgiveness. But life's too short to spend holding on to that stuff. Make up with those who you know you've hurt and forgive those who you don't think deserve it. You won't regret it.
Ok, That's enough preaching for today. Check back soon!
Peace, Hope and Love,