Hello from Greece! Today we spend the day going to Ancient Corinth. It was a beautiful day and Corinth was filled with so much that I don’t think any of us can comprehend completely at this point. It is simply amazing to make the connections of where Paul was at and where the ministry, and struggles of his ministry, took place.
Our first stop was at the Corinth Canal. It was interesting to learn about when this was built as well as all the work it took for ships to pass through before the canal.
After the canal, it was time to hike up to Aphrodite’s temple. To be completely honest, this was one of the harder parts of the day for me, but God used it to show how he was taking care of me. The reason I say this is because I did not go on the hike when the rest of the team did. The last three days I was sick in bed and it was decided that it may be too strenuous since I am still not feeling 100%. I knew it was the right decision for me to stay, but I was frustrated because I already missed three days and I wanted to be with the team. While I was waiting at the bottom, God definitely made me aware of him. First, God brought the following verses to my mind, particularly the bold: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace,seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:2-6. So what does it mean to make the most of every opportunity? It can look different in each circumstance, but I believe a lot of it is about perspective. God used this time to help me make the most out of every opportunity by reminding me of the importance of rest, reminding me of the importance of praying for the team, and the joy of talking with new people who I met while I waited. Although while I wasn’t feeling well and I was frustrated, this ended up being a really good time sitting in the presence of the Lord. I am just very grateful that no matter what, God reminded me that we must make the most of every opportunity whether that is hiking a mountain, taking care of ourselves, or sitting with Refugees who speak a language we cannot understand. God can and will use anything for his glory if we open ourselves up to that. God is at work, God is moving, and God is GOOD.
After the hike and some lunch, we walked around learning more about Ancient Corinth. I am continually amazed as we go more in-depth into what Paul and so many others were writing about in the Bible. Understanding the land and the culture awakens a new part in me. It takes me to a depth in my relationship with the Lord. We are being overloaded with information, but I know God will bring things back up as we process the information. The best way to really understand the Bible is to understand what the writers were experiencing, seeing, and doing. During days like today, we did exactly that.
Before heading home, we made a trip to the beach! This was very refreshing and welcomed. At one point I was sitting on the shore completely stunned by the beauty before me. We could see mountains all around, the water was clear and blue, and it was just a good time of enjoying time together. All that to say, whether it is other team members or the sea, God’s creation is amazing!!
There is so much more I could say! I may be a little biased, but this group of students is amazing! We are all filled with so many stories, so many things that challenge us, and so many things that God has been showing us. We appreciate your prayers as we continue to learn, study, and interact with people, specifically the refugees. Prayers for health, endurance, patience, and understanding is always appreciated!
Check out a few of our pictures below from the day. Blessings on you!
P.S. This little guy below was my special blessing from God today and those of you who know how much I love dogs should understand. There are a lot of stray animals in Greece but normally I don’t pet them for obvious reasons. Jokingly, I told one of the girls that they were going to find me under a tree with a dog by the time they got back. Funny thing, that’s what happened. For the last 30 minutes before the team got back from the hike, this cutie sat by me and let me pet him. This may be silly for some, but this was a huge encouragement for me. God knows my heart and he spoke to me through my little friend. Too bad he can’t be my souvenir to bring home! 🙂