Dear friends and family,
A few days ago, two of my dearest friends and I jumped on a plane and headed to a little island in the West Indies called Barbados.
To be honest, when the girls had asked me a couple of months ago if I was interested in joining them on this one-week adventure, I was a bit hesitant for more than just one reason. I had a lot of upcoming things to do, mostly to do with my career. As a new graduate nurse who had just finished up writing my final exam, I was anticipating on finding a nursing job and starting as soon as possible. However, that plan had fallen through once I found out I did not pass my exam. I had no other option but to press pause on my job search, and in the meantime, God was able to work out all the minor details which enabled me to come on this trip.
As we boarded the plane, we were so excited to get to the place we had been day dreaming about for months. Dawn and Meg are sisters, and I’ve sort of become their long lost sister over the last six months. Just to give you a brief history of our friendship, Dawn and Meg’s family attend church where my previous pastor now pastors at called Hope Chapel. It was July the 1st when my family and I came to visit pastor Tim and his wife Jackie for a long over-due visit. It was on that day where I had first saw Dawn, Meg and their mom helping out in the kitchen for pot lock. Although I didn’t have an opportunity to introduce myself that day, I recieved an email about a week later from Dawn asking if I would like to join her at a young adults group held at Hope Chapel. My eyes lit up after receiving the invitation because I had been praying for months to be involved more in the church, and also to develop some valuable Christian friendships. I knew that this was definantly an answer to prayer I’d been patiently waiting for. A few days after attending the first young adults group, the Lord was nudging me to start a conversation with Dawn. I sent her a short message via text, simply asking her how she was doing and from that day on we developed a stronger friendship bond, one that I truly believe has been led and orchestrated by the Lord Himself. Dawn’s family, including her sister Meg, brother Jay, and her parents have welcomed me into their home as their adopted child over the last six months and it has been an absolute blessing.
Being in Barbados with the girls has been such a humbling experience. From the moment we arrived to the island, I felt this overwhelming sense of peace knowing that these two had grown up living on the island and knew a lot about the culture. It was as if I had my own personal tour guides showing me new places and explaining the lingo to me in a way that makes sense. I’m learning so much from them, and about them which makes it even more exciting. I also had the opportunity to meet some of their relatives. We arrived a day early for Independance day, and so we celebrated with a large meal provided by their Aunts and cousins. It was so delicious!
The following days were spent “sea bathing” (swimming), site seeing and fellowshipping with family. We actually spent so much time in the ocean that I actually think I’m full of salt! Just kidding, but it has truly been a wonderful time here and I’m very thankful for the opportunities God has given each of us girls to shine as lights. Honestly, there were times where each of us were facing a spiritual or physical issue, but those were the times when Jesus was able to use us for His glory because we each had opportunity to pray for, uplift and encourage one another. That’s what friends are for, right?
There are still some more opportunities to see the Lord work in each of us here until we head for our departure, but one thing I know is that He’s here in our midst and delights in our love and adoration for Him.
Until next time,
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down ones life for ones friends.