iaomai guatemala 2011 :: kids…
kids are great. They are full of so much energy and curiosity along an attitude of innocence.
but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 19:14 ESV)
at heart im still a kid. I love adventure, exploring new places, like guatemala. i still love to play cards and board games and whenever i get a chance…i love to play on the swings.
on the way to huehue, one of our rest-stops was at a restaurant that happened to have a swing set. of course i went for a swing. It was great! at that moment i didnt care who was around me or for that matter where i was. for that short time, i was a kid back in san diego, playing on the swings and seeing how hi and how far i could jump off…at least in my imagination!my days of how hi and how far are long gone. unfortunately my body has begun the process of aging and i dont recover as fast as i used to and my kness are shot. but what has kept me from doing alot of the stuff i used to enjoy, like bodyboarding, snowboarding, mtn biking and play tennis and badminton…ive come to appreciate the simple things. like a good swing set and some time to spend with Dad!maricel, chanel and yoni
monday morning the army base we are at had an official ceremony thanking iaomai and helps international for the humanitarian/ medical help they provide for the people of huehue.
thats when i spotted yoni and his cousin chanel peaking from behind a tree. i tried to get a photo of them but they ran off. a few minutes later, i saw three of them in between the trees. they were joined by maricel, big sister to yoni.the 2 girls ran off and yoni ran towards me…stopping short to show off his tree hanging skills. next thing i know im taking his photo and his sister and cousin are coming to join yoni. i took a few more photos when cyndy walked over to where i wasi introduced the kids to hermana cyndy and the girls gave her a hug it reminded me of the scripture where were told to have that child like faith.
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
(Luke 18:17 ESV)
kids are great judges of character. if they dont trust you, theyre gonna keep you at heishman distance. i reckon being a big kid has its benefits…the kids let me take lots of fun photos and i got to meet yoni and maricels parents. God used yoni to remind me to keep things simple and try not to take myself too seriously, have fun and trust that Dad is in control!
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