Okay, maybe not so suddenly. Here’s the scoop…
Yesterday, Lois Wells, the Human Resources director here at Alliance Academy International (AAI), scheduled an outing for all the new staff and their families for a cultural trip to Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is about 100 km from Quito (yeah, we’re in the metric system) which translates to about 62 miles in our well known system of measurement. This trip takes about two hours due to the winding mountain roads and the non-passing lanes. Let’s just say that Mrs. Wells could drive a 15 passenger van through the Andes mountains like no other. When you come to visit, it would be best if we hire her to take us out and about – neither one of us can imagine being able to drive faster than about 30mph on these roads and no one wants to take 5 hours to get to their destination.
All that being said, we safely traveled through God’s majestic country and were able to experience magnificent views of the Andes while getting to know new fellow teachers and staff. It is breathtaking to see the grandeur of God’s creation to this magnitude. But, that experience had only just begun. We arrived in Mindo, a village in Ecuador that is centered in the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest. According to Wikipedia, it boasts 350-400 different species of birds, 40 species of butterflies, and 170 species of orchids.
We saw one bird. But, it was pretty impressive…
It just happened to be that we saw this toucan from a treetop view. You see, the outing consisted of ZIP-LINING! One moment we were on our way to Mindo; the next moment we were getting strapped in to gear and climbing a platform to launch. They say lack of sleep and altitude can cause memory problems, lapses in judgment, and delusions. Obviously this was true as we ventured forth as a family (remember our desire to serve together?? 🙂 ) and off we went.
Brad and I were also able to experience this great adventure, one we know will certainly not come often, but shows the diversity of the Ecuadorian culture and landscape. It was a time meant to build friendships, and forge new paths. But, for our family, in a way, it was symbolic of this new step in our life…a step of faith. A transition point, perhaps. One doesn’t need to go zip-lining, though, to realize that all God is asking of you is to take that step – that step that he is asking of you. Trust him. Look to him for direction and fulfillment. Trust him with your life and let him order your steps. When you are zip-lining through the treetops, you can soar high, but it is a man-made adventure. With Christ, your path in life can be beyond what you can even imagine. Don’t soar the man-made way…soar on wings like eagles. Explore the treetops…with Him.
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Trusting in him through the days we soar as well as the days we trudge,