"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." and "Follow your True North" have been tag lines for me this year. You are free to use them too. I even have a couple designs for tatoos and drawings and paintings I can make you a print of if you like them?!
All my life I have had a bit of wandering heart. I am curious and interested in so many things. I have done alot in my life and gone many beautiful places. I have come to embrace this as how I was designed and as a possitive thing. Following my authentic heart and desires has led me some pretty cool places. It's been a journey of faith too, as I have followed wherever God has led me.
Hebrews 11:13-16 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible, it gives a great examples of people who lived this way: "Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them."
Living in a country that is not my own, I am understanding this at a deeper level. I do get "homesick" sometimes, missing friends and family and traveling to other countries always reveals this feeling of of "stranger in this world" yet I always find places I feel at home. Those places are where I feel God's presence with me... it's like a glimpse of that "heavenly country" here on earth. I always and always will be in search of being in that kind of place. I want to be in the place I feel my heart at home with God. I want to go everywhere with my whole heart, until my heart finds heaven and lives forever there.
I felt this way in Guatemala. Everywhere I went I felt God's presence with me. It was like he went before and behind me. I felt so safe and secure, and surrounded by his love at every turn. I was delighted by all that I saw and did. I made new friends along the way with people from Columbia, the US, London, Venezuela, and local Guatemalans. My friends and I made a great team navigating all around the country. We felt like time travelers discovering the history of the Mayan culture still very much alive in the people and streets we walked. The handicrafts, architecture, design, and religious and food traditions are all so well preserved for all to enjoy and savor.
Being in the counrty for Holy Week leading up to Easter was extra special. It is world famous for the celebrations they hold to express thier faith and love for Jesus and religious beliefs. I could sense the sentiment everywhere I went.
A list of my favorite places:
Free Cervesa Glamping
San Pedro churches and nightlife
Sunrise hike up Indian Nose
Water taxi accross the lake
Swirls of colors and textiles lining the streets
Courtyard garden at Saint Thomas Hotel and Mayan Museum
Parade Easter Morning at sunrise - seeing Jesus
All these places hold sacred memories for me and experiences I will never forget. I have a million pictures in my mind and heart (and on my phone:) Who knows... maybe someday I will go back and feel at home in the glorious Guatemala?!