I am awakened to the sound of flips flops moving across the gym floor, and I move further into my sleeping back to get just a few more minutes of sleep. Just when I think it’s safe, I peek my head out and am blinded by dozens of flashing gym lights. I somehow manage to drag myself out of bed, because there are hundreds of girls and only two restrooms. Go figure. This has been the start of my morning for three days now, and I’m loving it.
The best thing about being in Hill Country is the amazing contrast between here and the chaotic city life that I’m used to. I experience small blessings that I never notice in the haste of everyday life. Spending time with the flood victims and just seeing the overall damage that affected not just a few neighborhoods but several counties really puts you in perspective and brings you to a stunning realization of how much you take for granted every single day. For the past week, we’ve been working long and hard on Gracie Cardenas’ (affectionately referred to as “Miss Gracie”) house, but I’ve just now come to realize that this isn’t just work. We aren’t just tearing down houses for the fun of it. People’s lives were lost, ruined, and changed forever during these floods, and we’re helping Miss Gracie clean up the beautiful mess she was left with. Dozens of strangers from all over Texas have gathered to help a community in need, and that is most definitely the work of God. I’ve never met such an amazing group of people that I am able to work so well with. Everyday I can’t wait to get to work and see Miss Gracie overcome with joy. To know that the work I’m doing can change somebody’s life is worth more than any amount of money or fame. I’m rewarded with a stirring feeling inside that can only be God’s love, and that is more than enough.
My time at Missionpalooza has helped me reflect on my privilege and my relationship with God. Being with such a large group of people who share my passion for helping others has really helped strengthen my relationship with Christ, and changed the way I look at things. Although the work stops Friday, my journey with the Lord is just beginning, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store. And although I’m excited to go back home, I’ll definitely miss the Hill Country. Something about those rolling Texas hills just gets you thinking.
– Molly Dagley