One thing that stuck out to me on my trip to Nicaragua was communication. The communication barrier between us and the Nicaraguans had its challenges and stretched me more than I expected.
Tuesday evening was a time of ministry with around 50 women. Before going on this trip I was looking forward to this evening since hearing we were going to do a women’s ministry evening. I was waiting in anticipation for that “Ahah” moment which everyone told me I would experience. I was hoping that night was going to be it and I was looking forward to it.
Tuesday morning I was talking with God about the direction he would like me to take after Nicaragua and what I should do with these new relationships that had been developed in the last few days. I was looking for that bright, flashy arrow of “do this” and wasn’t really seeing it. God decided to teach me a lesson on listening and communicating with him that Tuesday night with these women.
I have an extrovert personality and enjoy talking with people. It is always comforting to me when talking with someone to have them speak back and add to the conversation. I talk and the other person responses–a pretty standard conversation. Talking with these women that night was not that simple. A smile and hug was sometimes the only communication you have, and they were thrilled by it. This put me out of my comfort zone more than I imagined. This reminded me of my communication with God. I was waiting for a verbal response and all I was getting were loving eyes and a passionate heart from these women.
In the same way I feel frustrated when talking to God sometimes. He continues to show me that he is directing my life even if I don’t get that verbal response.
That evening I realized although very different, we were all sisters in Christ. We all are waiting for God’s guidance and direction and it doesn’t always come to us with a big, bright flashy arrow. He is always listening and speaks in his time through his creation, others, and his word.