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     A wise woman once told me that when we learn to feed our faith, we starve our doubts. I had no idea that a year after taking this advice to heart and somewhat attempting to apply it to my life, God would plant me in Guatemala for the summer to intern at Morning Glory. In fact, if you would have told me a year ago that I would spend my summer teaching at a school in a third world country, I probably would have laughed in your face. By no means was teaching my forte or passion, nor was it something I felt qualified to do. So when this opportunity arose, I knew it had to be from God because it was something so far outside of my comfort zone I never would have brought it upon myself.

     And as I currently sit here and try to process the past few months, I have to admit that nothing could have prepared me for this summer. I stepped into this internship expecting the unexpected, but even still I was surprised. I was shocked at how this little community invited me into their lives and made me one of their own. They gave me the gift of hospitality in a world where we struggle to invite people in. I quickly discovered that even the most simple things such as playing with the kids at recess or praying with them in Bible class brought me more joy than I ever could have imagined. Even hopping onto a crowded school bus each morning made me so excited because it meant I had extra time to get to know a new face and hear a new story. And it was through the sharing of everyday life with these kiddos that God worked on my heart and revealed a little bit of Himself to me.

     Perhaps the greatest thing I was able to experience this summer was the way in which God speaks through the stories and lives of each and every person. I learned that there are no insignificant people to Him; no one with a story too small. Instead, God uses each and every one of us to communicate a little bit about who He is. God is constantly telling His story through His people. At times when we face fear or feel alone, God speaks. In the midst of trials or in the presence of joy, He speaks. He can be heard in the lives of those who have nothing and those who have everything, He has a voice. God uses the handyman at school and the woman who sells fruit in the market. He is part of the story of the math teacher and the orphan down the street. Even through the lives of these school children, God is speaking and His story is being told. He does not stand by with anxious and unsovereign hands as we live our lives and fend for ourselves. Rather, His glory and presence is being revealed through His creation each and every day.

     In 1 Kings 19 you find Elijah, a man of noble courage who has defeated armies of people, hiding in a cave while fearing for his life. In the midst of Elijah’s fear, God intervenes and speaks to him. He commands Elijah to come out of hiding and stand on the top of a mountain as He, the Living God, is about to pass by. As Elijah stands on this humungous mountain, a powerful wind tears the mountains apart and shatters the surrounding rocks. But, the Lord was not in that wind. After the wind there was a terrible earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord did not reveal Himself in that fire. But, after the fire came a gentle whisper. And there, in the gentle whisper, God revealed Himself to Elijah.

As I read through the story of Elijah, I realized that Elijah is me. There were many times this summer where God had to command me to come out of hiding and stand in His presence, times where I felt unequipped and unqualified to serve. I did not always know how to love these children even though they always seemed to know how to love me. But, when I finally opened my eyes I was able to experience a glimpse of the way God is whispering into and through the lives of the hundreds of students at Morning Glory. And it was in those very moments that my faith was fed and heaven felt a little closer to earth.