Greetings from Paradise! | Caleb Gauntt
I wanted to give you guys a little update on how things are going here in Eleuthera, Bahamas! We have been here for about a week and a half and I think I can say on behalf of all the students that we have all quickly been able to call this place home. I have had the wonderful privilege of waking up every morning to the sound of waves hitting the sandy beach and the warm sun rays beating down on my tanned skin. Getting to wake up every morning and see the magnificence of God’s creation right in our front yard is probably the coolest thing ever. This trip has really given me time to unplug and slow down. Unfortunately, my phone magically got left out in the rain (totally not as a result of me being irresponsible…) on day four and is broken for the rest of the trip due to water damage. But to God the glory because though I was disheartened at first, the Lord has a way of turning bad situations around for the better. As a result of phone seeing the end of its days, I have been a whole lot more joyful and I have not had a lot of distractions keeping me from diving into God’s word and journaling about all the crazy experiences we have had thus far. Funny how God takes what looks like a nightmare and turns it into a blessing. I can speak first hand for that one.
A few of us got a great opportunity to serve at the local school where we got to teach to 1st – 5th graders. It’s funny how I came on this trip to love and serve on others and it almost feels flipped because seeing the passion in these little kids really fills me up with so much joy. I can’t help but smile as I type this. Over this past week, I’ve been getting the privilege of teaching 4 year olds their ABC’s, teaching 3rd graders how to read better, and I couldn’t teach the 5th graders much as they’re all way smarter than I am! But the best part about all of this is from 11-12 o’clock, right before we leave for the day, we got to have recess with the kids outside. Getting tackled by twenty screaming kids is oddly one of the most satisfying things ever. Then getting to sing with them, laugh with them, play all kinds of sports with them, it’s truly a blessing. Jesus couldn’t have said it better when he said, “…For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” (Mark 10:14).
Overall, I’m just so blessed to be here. God has been so good and so faithful to me. Not many people get a month away from their comfort, and I get that privilege. Overall I am simply content. The island life has given me a chance to just get away from all the noise and simply enjoy life. Every breath is more meaningful and every step I take opens up so many opportunities. No distractions, no assignments, no negativity, just a month to focus on the things that matter in our lives. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” I hope that anyone reading this is encouraged to make sure and get away from all the noise occasionally. Though the noise of society is exciting and what were used to, if we take moments to get away and enjoy things we normally wouldn’t, life becomes alive again. It reminds us why we should live everyday with a cup that is overflowing. So now, we live! And live we will! Who knows where the Lord will take us next?