The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I decided to take a walk yesterday afternoon. IMG_1723 It was 50 degrees, sunny and beautiful. For this reason, I felt the desire to awaken my soul through the beauty of nature. So…I grabbed my camera, my headphones and Spotify playlist and headed towards Lakeshore.

As I arrived to the path, I noticed that all the trees were dead, that I had no subjects or beyond beautiful objects to photograph. It wasn’t as warm as I thought it was and a billion thoughts were overwhelming my head. Suddenly, I saw a few ducks sunbathing near the only small, melted portion of the still-frozen lake. I wondered…why won’t they swim in their little pond? Why would they wait to delve into the waters that they’ve waited for for so long? IMG_1678

All of the sudden, it made complete sense to me. The excruciating, painstakingly long wait did not made the ducks entirely ready for it. Instead of diving into a small, little pond, they opted to sunbathe…warming their bodies and preparing themselves for that beautiful swim across the lake. Only then would it be worth it.

What a metaphor for life!

So often are we feeling burdensome with the constant struggles of life and, yet, we forget that every tear, every denial or rejection is preparing us for a greater future. However, instead of becoming so focused on these trials, why don’t we just accept all of the bad things and maintain a joyful demeanor? Instead of diving head-straight into life, why don’t we say goodbye to all the bad things? To all the mistakes, all of the screw-ups, misunderstandings and losses.

Unexpectedly, we will realize that all of our personal and emotional turmoil won’t seem as difficult. Our past will further prepare us to handle new situations in our lives because we will be predisposed to accept life. Waiting is a constant struggle for everyone (myself included), but the patience that we attain as we stumble across the tumultuous path of life will open up our hearts to yearn for that something more.

And, then, when we least expect it. The sun will set. Life will go on and we will rejoice in the fact that we made it through. We will wait patiently,  gaze upon the open waters and submerge ourselves into the great unknown. IMG_1804

The Testimony

A year ago, my local church asked me to share my story… The story of how I moved away from the warm, beautiful Caribbean to the unknown, frozen Tundra.

Besides being mic’ed, ignoring the multiple cameras, the sound tech, the interviewer, the lighting equipment, the director and the fact that I was sharing my story in a film studio, I felt at peace sharing my testimony. After I was asked to do this, I prayed intensely for the correct words and the precise manner to narrate the way the Lord wrote my story.

Nonetheless, I still can’t believe how quickly time flies. It seems like only yesterday I was in my senior year of college discerning which college I should go to. I never expected in a million years to end up in the state of Wisconsin, but I did… and it was the best decision of my life.

Wisconsin brought me closer to my faith, beautiful friendships, adventure and, mostly, peace. The kind of strength and peace that allows me to understand that every decision of my life has been written by Him, for me…

Now to Him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us

Ephesians 3:20

God’s plan in my life has always been ten billion times better than what I expected. He has plans written for us that we cannot even fully grasp the extent of them. He always always always overdoes it. The Lord transforms our lives as we follow through His Plan and we accept, willingly, that there’s no better place to be.