Greetings from verdant, beautiful Honduras! Things are in full swing for the Allen family as our new chapter of life begins in Tegucigalpa. There are so many changes to absorb during this season of life. Experts in the field of Psychology talk about stressors in life, and one significant cause of stress is change. So, here’s a brief list of the changes we have experienced since my last blog post.
Resigned a corporate job in San Diego
Left San Diego, passed through Ohio and Illinois. Arrived in Honduras
Switched languages for 75% of my daily conversations
Started a new job as a high school teacher
Started lengthy, complicated residency process to convert our religious visa to permanent residency
Bought a house, then remodeled it
Tried very unsuccessfully to import a car and a container full of household goods into a foreign country
Started a new job with no household goods and three changes of work clothes
Oldest child celebrated 17th birthday; starts his senior year of his school
All this to say, stress levels have been unbelievable. And that has allowed me to experience God’s unbelievable grace and joy. These crazy experiences that my family and I get to enjoy are known to very few people. To whom much is given, much is required. And now, in this new season we are being given so much!
I will tell you that God has been gracious in giving me a release valve from some of the stress of all these changes. A friend of mine, without me even asking, dropped off a Salsa 29er full-suspension rig for me to ride. I have managed to get in a couple of pre-dawn rides, including one in which I won back all the Strava KOMs that I had lost on my favorite segments since having left Honduras one year ago. That is a great stress relief! (My new motto: Don’t stress…sweat the stress out!)
I can also tell you that my new role as a Bible teacher requires me to spend a significant time studying the Word of God. And there is no greater respite for the weary. There is no greater source of peace in the midst of tying times. God is after all, the One who is unchanging and certainty in seasons of change and uncertainty in our lives.
I’ll leave you with this word: Immutability. Big word, but I have to teach you something now that I am a “professional” Bible teacher! This adjective applies to our great God. Unchanged. For this reason, He is our rock. In unpredictable times of lives, with unexpected stressors, He is our refuge.
adjective; unchanging over time or unable to be changed.
Psalm 61: 2-4 NIV From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings
I think at this point, you have an idea of how you can lift up our family and prayer. And we also want you to thank God with us for His grace!
Thanks and God Bless!