Costa Rica – God’s Perfect Timing

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We’ve been home now for a couple of days and as I think back to our time in Costa Rica it is crystal clear to me that God had our trip perfectly planned out from beginning to end. Our flight times, which had us leaving very early in the morning and getting back even later at night, seemed to be extremely inconvenient at the time. However, they also allowed us several extra hours on the ground in Costa that we otherwise wouldn’t have had. The day before we arrived, the lease was signed for a building Celebration will be using for our church plant in Costa Rica. With our group getting in the very next day (Friday), we were immediately able to hit the ground running to help get the facility ready for the church’s very first service on Sunday. Later that day, during one of our prayer walks in Alajuelita, God brought us to the home of a man who hadn’t walked or been outside for over three years because of a leg injury he had suffered. After praying with the man for healing, he told us he felt a “heat” running up and down his leg. We encouraged him to get up out of bed and then helped him to walk outside. For the first time in over three years this man was standing upright and walking!! The expression on his face when he looked up and saw the trees was one of pure joy. In that moment we had witnessed a miracle. Praise Jesus!! As if that weren’t enough, the next day (Monday) we went for a hike up the mountain on the road to the cross. To get to the starting point of the hike you have to take a bus to an area where the trail starts. We waited for what seemed like over half an hour for a bus that should have been coming much faster. But after waiting patiently, or maybe impatiently, we finally caught the bus and made to the trail. On the way up the trail a couple guys from our group met a woman named Patricia who was out collecting firewood. They began witnessing to her about Jesus & salvation and she ended up accepting Christ as her savior right then and there on that mountain trail! Once again, praise God!! Had the bus we were waiting for shown up on time we probably would not have had the opportunity to share Christ’s love with Patricia on that mountain trail. These are just a couple of the divine appointments God had set up for us. There are many more stories and events from our trip that are a testimony to an awesome God and his perfect timing.

As great as all of this is, what’s even more exciting is that God wants to work like this for all of us in our everyday lives if we would just have the faith to let him. Matthew 6:8 says “…your father knows what you need before you ask him”.  How amazing is that and how comforting it should be to us.  This missions trip has opened my eyes and reminded me (yet again) that I simply need to walk out my life by faith and stop being impatient for God to reveal the “next thing” to me.  I spend so much time trying to figure things out,  plan ahead, and go in the direction that I think will give me the best results, that I don’t allow God any room to work in my life.  Instead of doing all that work, which is very tiring, I can simply rest in the fact that my heavenly father knows exactly what I need, exactly when I need it, before I even know what to ask for.  God’s timing is so perfect, he is never too early and never to late.  I witnessed this power in action for four days in Costa Rica and it was truly a blessing to be a part of.

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~ by Celebration Missions on May 28, 2009.

2 Responses to “Costa Rica – God’s Perfect Timing”

  1. Amen! You did an incredible job leading this trip Micah! We were able to enjoy all of those half hour segments where God was teaching us patience thanks to knowing that He had the best in store for us.

  2. Awesome!

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