Today was the weirdest experience I've had in Guatemala. I think that was the boys' plan and they by far succeeded. But let's start over at the beginning.
Woke up at 5:15 and took a shower. I got dressed and was ready at 6:29 because Patty said we were leaving at 6:30. When we went to leave, she said, "Oops. I forgot to tell you that we should go later because the second store doesn't open until 10!" But we went to Hiper Paiz and got some stuff for the gringos. I wasn't the best shopping partner for her because I wasn't quite sure what to get or how much of it.. but I tried and we got through it. After that, we went to Price Smart and sat there for about an hour and half until the store opened. Patty and I talked which was very nice. I like talking to her even though I don't have much to say sometimes. It opened at like 9:45 so we went in and got two buggy-fulls of food. By 10:15, we were in the check out line. We loaded everything in the van and it was pretty full. We went to Casa and unloaded the food into the two different houses. I was carrying three cartons of 60 eggs each... 180 eggs... when the bottom carton broke in my hands and I dropped them!!! EWW!! It was pretty okay. Only the bottom carton had broken eggs in it and not all of them were broken. I felt bad but it wasn't something I could've predicted. The little girls laughed and helped me carry it all in. By this time, I had woken Julisa up from her nap to come and help me. She was mad at me for that but I didn't really care lol.
I stayed at Casa through their lunchtime and then came back. Adam, his mom, his cousin and Aaron rode with Patty and I back to the house so that they could pick up Adam's truck. Adam drove and I sat shotgun so it was fun. Tim, Patty, Roberto and I sat around for a while hanging out then I went out with the boys. And so began the true adventure.
We walked to get Roberto's hair cut and then we walked to the bus stop. By we I mean Roberto, Denis and I. I got to ride the city buses for the first time!! We got on and Roberto and Denis told me to be quiet hahahahahaha.. They said, "Please don't talk loud." So I tried to follow their advice. We ended up by Price Smart and we went to the first of three malls. We had frappucinos from a froyo stand and then walked upstairs. The boys played DDR and it was pretty cool to watch them!! As soon as they were done, all nice and sweaty, we walked to the mall across the street where the indoor roller coaster and Chuck E. Cheese was.
This is where the most ridiculous thing I've done in Guatemala occurred. The boys really didn't give me an option so I was pretty much forced into it.. but I'm kinda glad I did it. I rode the indoor roller coaster!! For those of you who know me, I don't do roller coasters. My family is not a theme park kind of family. We went to Disney once and we rode It's a Small World. I cried.
I was so mad at Roberto when we started going up the hill. I screamed even though I had committed myself not to. I got off of it and my whole body was shaking. I couldn't see straight and I wasn't quite sure how I was gonna make it down the stairs. Lesson learned.. roller coasters=not fun. lol. They both just laughed at me. For those who are already balanced impaired.. roller coasters aren't a good idea. I had to focus for like twenty minutes just not to fall over.
We then went to another mall and it was so pretty. We walked back and got on the bus again. We got off and walked to McDonald's where we ate dinner. I may have made Denis spill a Coke but that's only a maybe. Or for sure. Either way it was funny.
We came back to the house and the kids were asleep so we sat in the garage and hung out. It was so nice. After a while, Denis went to bed and then it started raining so I was freezing and had to go inside as well.
Hanging out with both of the boys was pretty fun. They would grab my backpack when I was going the wrong way and steer me in the right direction. They told what to do and what not to do and were really nice. On the street, I was almost always in the middle of them.. one in front and one in back or both on the sides of me. I don't really get worried about anything but I especially didn't care with two of them with me. They were very patient with my silliness and for that, I am grateful.
Tomorrow I will go to Casa and spend the rest of my time there. I'm excited although I will miss everyone here. It's been and adventure for sure so far.
For some reason, I keep coming back to the two ideas that God is worthy of all worship and that God is powerful enough to save from any situation. I've been reading Daniel and although I know the story, there is more to it than a VBS lesson. A VBS lesson does this book no justice. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were crazy to defy the king's orders and they knew what would come to them. But God was so worth it to them that they "yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God." (Daniel 3:28) I still find that amazing. The thought of "would you denounce Christ at the barrel of a gun" has been playing in my head and this story so much reminds me of it. I don't know what it's all about but God truly is worthy of all worship and sacrifice. Just knowing Him leads me to believe that. John Piper said, "Some of you will die in the service of Christ. This is not a tragedy. Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy." To truly grasp this will be hard and counter-intuitive to our very nature of self preservation but I think wanting to grasp this idea means that I will have to move very close to the heart of Christ and let Him show me and prove that who He is really is more important than life, which is a good thing. Not that life is unimportant, because without it, we can do what we were created to do. But there is a priority list and being alive doesn't come before God and our devotion to Him. It surely did not come between Jesus and His devotion for us. Hopefully one day, I will have full understanding.
As for now, I'm stupid enough to ride an indoor roller coaster so who knows what's gonna happen!!
I hope that you all are doing well. Have a great day of worship tomorrow. He's worthy of our time and attention!