How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!

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Psalm 133

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

With most of the first day under our belt, I found myself reflecting on Psalm 133. This is one of my favorite verses of all time, and truly the prayer of my heart.

The truth be told, I am actually pretty impressed that I have managed to be reflecting on a verse at all today. The first day of every trip, specifically a mission trip, is a complete 3 ring circus. There is such an incredibly steep learning curve that happens when 50 people have to learn to work and live together and the missions team that is facilitating our trip as to figure us out and what we are capable of. And do all this with cultural and language barriers.

Our students are barely running on 5 hours of sleep and are doing incredibly well considering every 5 minutes someone is telling them something different to be doing. With the lack of sleep combined with some fits and starts to our day, we are doing quite well!!

Even for someone who is OCD about efficiency, I have found enormous success with what our students have accomplished and their attitudes in it. Our students dug a foundation, moved thousands of pounds of construction supplies, and even crafted some rebar for foundations.

Now every team is off to connect with students and kids in the community. Our college students are teaching english today in three different schools, and our high school students will be pulling off 2 different VBS' to cap off our afternoon.

But our day will not be over. After a little down time and a chance to change, we will be competing against the people of the church we are staying with in a somewhat friendly game of soccer. After being full from a full portion of humble pie, it will be time for a little team time and then off to bed!

Like I said at the beginning of this post, in all of it I have Psalm 133 running on repeat in my mind and my heart!

There is something truly amazing when God's peeps live together in unity.
I could not have brought a more diverse team to a context that is more "other" then the hills of Guatemala. And in all of it we are living in unity. This unity is extended among our team, between our team and our Merge team, and between our team and the people of the church.

As we live in unity there is a stirring in my soul that that forces me to pray a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude. Imagine how great it is when you and your closest friends are doing something deep and significant together. You are united as one, you are partnering in the movement of God, you are modeling the unity of the Trinity. When this happens among our closest friends it is amazing! When it happens with a group like this and a context like this it is pretty close to a miracle.

Even though I have absolutely no cultural touch points of how rad it would be to pour oil all over my head and have it drip down through my beard, I imagine that it is supposed to be pretty amazing and quite a celebration!

That is how I feel, overwhelmed with God's goodness and grace. I am sitting back watching our students work so hard to bless everyone they come in contact with, and soaking up the oil through my beard. And my prayer of thanksgiving is that of David's;

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,

Amen!