|Tom with a knife. Hide.|
|Mi familia at our dinner table|
3. Jordan, Tom, and I went over to the colegio to play some pickup basketball with the Costa Rican male teachers/dads. Jordan and Tom can both ball, and I literally played the game of my life. In the first two games I shot 4 for 6, including the game-winning three for the second game. I remember thinking before that shot, "OK, it's 9-8, we only need one more point, don't take the last shot, Matt unless you know it's going in. Especially a three, it's unnecessary." That possession I was camped on the three-point line and it came to me, and I think, "OK, this is going in." And bam, game winner. I thought about that play for probably the next 24 hours. The Ticos wanted to play more and proceeded to crush us in the next 4 games.
|La Capilla at the friary.|
5. So I've been keeping an on going list of "Blessings" this week, and Thursday night I told myself, "I want to list 5, I have four, something will happen tomorrow." What happen was probably one of the more beautiful moments that has happen so far in Costa Rica for me. So after my field trip to the zoo with the freshmen Friday (another story), I came back to the Jenny's office. There was about half an hour left in the day, and I had time to kill. I happen to bring in my guitar that day for after school youth group, and I asked Jenny if I could play some. Por supuesto. I took it out and started playing. And then she told me that SHE could play. What? So she started playing and singing this song and it was sooo good. Who knew of all people in Costa Rica, I was going to have this connection with my boss? But it gets better. She gave it back to me and told her to play and sing a song for her. Well after her performance, I couldn't turn her down, that'd be rude. So I take out my praise and worship binder, and told her I play songs for my iglesia at home. For some reason, I turned to "This is the air I breathe" and played and sang it as she looked on at the words. She loved it. She told me, "Otra vez!", so I played it again, and this time she sang. And there we were, in Jenny's small office at the end of a Friday afternoon school day in the high school in Costa Rica, singing and playing praise and worship together song after song after song. You know it's funny, being really passionate about praise and worship music, I've been kind of starved since I got here, kind of looking for an outlet somewhere. It was the first time I took out a song to sing, and it happen to be with Jenny in her office. God, you are funny. Good funny.
Every day I try to figure out why I'm here and what's the best way I can offer myself to the people here. Until and while I figure that out, I have these moments to be thankful for. Moments that I will take away for the better. Moments that will change my life forever.
Gracias a Dios.