Highlights and lowlights
Two years ago when I came to Lipscomb I was introduced to highlights and lowlights. Essentially, it's just a time to share a highlight and lowlight of your day or week. We carried that on to our trip last year and have continued with it this year. It has started each "debrief" that we have as a mission team each night. But today, highlights and lowlights took on a whole new meaning (keep reading, this is gonna be good stuff).
Our day began early as we had quite the drive to the home of the two boys who sang at church on Sunday. Monday we got the opportunity to paint the inside of their house for them. The bright and cheerful green color they chose was the perfect color for this family.
As we painted sweet smells filled the house. They had made us carrot cake and pineapple cake. As if that wasn't enough we also had homemade tortillas and bean burritos. I told y’all this family was great.
As soon as we finished painting we loaded up, took that sweet family with us, and headed to the national park. The cool part about this was that this was a new experience for all of us, Pilar included. We made the winding and steep, close to two-hour trek to the national park in a 12-passenger van with a pickup truck behind us.
We picnicked close to the top and then made it to the very top and experienced perhaps the most spectacular view we had ever seen. We could see, not far in the distance, the tallest peak on the Baja peninsula. They say from that peak you can see the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Gulf of Baja to the east. I believe it.
From the national park we could see the gulf in the distance. Breathtaking. We were also given a tour of the massive telescope on site that hosts researchers year round, even in the months it snows (snow in Mexico, who knew!)
So obviously the national park was a highlight (literally).
And now for the lowlight (this is where it gets really good).
We had just seen the highest peak in Baja and overlooked the sea that separates the peninsula from the mainland. And now we were heading to the Pacific Ocean to have shark tacos on the beach with our Colonet friends (yes, they were just as great as we remembered from last year).
So now we were at sea level (see what I meant by lowlight?). After eating way too many tacos, we gathered around and shared what God has put on our hearts. For some it was the importance of sharing Jesus beyond just sharing scriptures, for some it was sharing the struggles of going back to reality after being on a spiritual high of a mission trip, and for others it was simply songs that were on their heart. What a day and what a night!
We loaded back up, ready to head to the hotel for a much needed night of sleep. Oh how naive we were. As we began to drive away we did much more sinking than driving.
Yes, we were stuck in the soft sands of Mexico. I'm not sure how many of you have experienced being truly stuck before, but let me tell you, it's an experience. After an hour of digging our back tires out of the ground we were finally un-stuck!
For most people this would be a lowlight, but we were here for a reason. It was late, we were tired, but we had each other. We worked together as a team, kept our spirits high, and sang crazy songs (thanks to Kasey) through the madness.
My personal take away from Monday? You can experience the highest highs and the lowest lows, but God is present through it all. It's all about how you perceive it.
What a day! I can't wait to see what Tuesday brings.