A friend on the team asked me last Saturday as we were on the bus into Martin, “What are you most excited about for this trip?” I told him honestly that I try not to have expectations when I come here. And on some levels, I don’t. As a third-year returner to Slovakia, I’m most excited about just being with people in this beautiful place and seeing what God has in store.
But it’s also hard to not have expectations and hopes for how the trip will go. We naturally build things up in our minds as we prepare for and launch out on an adventure like this. And that’s okay. It’s normal.
Let me tell you, though, something magical happens when we can find a way to sit back and let God smash our expectations to bits to reveal His much greater plan. This week, I had a few ideas of what to expect, and one by one as the days went by, more and more beautiful things happened–from instant connections with students, to new friends and growing bonds with the people I have met here over the past two summers, to those moments where you make eye contact with someone and know that they have a new understanding of something in class, or that they get how much we care about them, which is why we really keep coming back.
Of course there were challenges this week, from upsets in the plan to fatigue to differing communication styles among teammates, but it all worked out, and the week ended with smiles and a whole lot of gratitude on my end that I get to be a small part of something so special in God’s story. I’m looking forward to whatever next week holds.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV