Today we are enjoying preparing a meal for all of our new friends here in Ecuador. We will have a New Year’s Eve fiesta with friends from Switzerland, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ecuador, Colombia, Holland and at least 6 other countries! The tradition at the beach is to hang out at the beach until 12 am, and then EVERYONE races into the waves to catch the first wave of the new year. We plan to join in the festivities and hit the waves at midnight.
As we are preparing the meal, we think back on 2013. We have learned a lot this past year and will share some of those thoughts over the next few posts as we continue to process them. One of my major lessons this past year has been the amazing things God will do if you are willing to allow Him to lead. I have felt the thrill of living life to the fullest and most abundantly this past year as we have surrendered our plans and allowed His plans to lead us. Walking by faith and not by sight is a daily surrender and we are still in the midst of the learning curve. Life is too short to have it all figured out before taking a step and we are constantly relying more on His strength. Pura vida! (Pure life!)
I have also learned some very practical things: hot water is a luxury NOT to be taken for granted; septic systems in 3rd world countries DO NOT like toilet paper; there is good reason to pick up after your dog; cockroaches in warm climates grow to be as big as buses; water from the tap is not a friend to your digestive system.
We are enjoying the friendships we are making and love the chance to be the light of Jesus. We are overwhelmed with the great gifts of hope, grace, love and joy we have in knowing we are here for a purpose and to build HIs Kingdom one person at a time.
Happy New Year from the Williams Family!