When was the last time that you really sat down to evaluate how you’ve changed in the last few years? If we really are growing and maturing in Christ, we should be able to see progress in our lives. On top of that, so much happens each year. It’s amazing to realize how quickly all the changes accumulate until we take some time to stop and look back.
I was brought face to face with these types of reflections on Saturday morning when my phone rang. On the other end was Lamar Salley, the missionary I interned with in Costa Rica six years ago. He and his oldest son Kevin were in Nicaragua on a short-term missions trip, much like the one I went on with him. It was during that trip in 2006 that I first felt a definite call into missions, and the first stirrings of my call to Nicaragua in particular. On Sunday I met up with Lamar, Kevin, and some other missionaries that I had first met 6 years ago. It was so cool to see how far God has brought us all. Kevin is now as tall as I am. Lamar is working on another church plant. The twins my host mom was pregnant with are now 5. I’m married, fluent in Spanish, and living in a foreign country, working as a missionary and an entirely different person.
Overall, I was overwhelmed with a sense of God’s grace and direction. I had no idea what was ahead of me when I returned to the states six years ago. I just knew that I wanted to pursue missions and that it would really be wonderful if God could let something happen with a certain young man named Scott McEwan…Thankfully God knew what he was doing. I’m not doing what I originally thought I’d be doing with my life, but I’m so blessed to be where I am now, and I praise God for being faithful throughout the past few years!
Go ahead, take some time to look backwards and see where you can see God’s fingerprints over your last 5-6 years! As always, we love to hear from you all!