The last few days have been spent exploring Athens and the island of Aegina in Greece, walking the streets with duct taped feet (for the blisters, the struggle is real), eating as many chicken gyros we can get our hands on, & talking with locals about the beauty of Greece and why we found ourselves there. There have been some awesome conversations, learning about others & sharing traveling stories. We both can’t sing enough praises to God through this time in Greece and how much He continues to mold our minds and hearts to live this trip for His glory and not our own. Even though it’s only been a week we’ve been on our own, it feels like so much longer – and so much of the adventure is just beginning!
One of the most awe-inspiring moments in Athens was visiting Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Paul spoke to the Athenians on the power of Jesus Christ and breaking free from idols (Acts 17). In a city so full of life, buildings on top of buildings, graffiti filled walls, & so much rich history – it was an incredible time to stand on the same ground as Paul and speak that same prayer over Athens today.
Over the last few days in Greece, we’ve been talking a lot about what this trip looks like in giving it to The Lord for His glory rather than our own. It’s been a slow process, breaking us of the molds we both thought this trip would be, & releasing our grip. There is so much freedom in handing it all over to The Lord, and letting Him take control. But, it is a process and we have needed so much grace. Our desire is to walk in a manner worthy of the call The Lord has placed before us in confidence, whatever that may look like, valuing God’s plan above our own.It is so special getting to share our trip with everyone at home using this blog to share stories and pictures, but we want it all to reflect & magnify what God has created in this world.
We want to not only be consumers of Europe but pour into the countries as much as we can in the few short days we have in each city. But we’ve also had to recognize and be humbled by what our idea of that looks like and the reality, and much better plan, of what the Lord has for these few months. Our prayer this week is for Jesus to make us brave. Make us brave in starting conversation, brave in how we live in each city, speaking His name in all that we do. In the ordinary daily things we do, may it be a reflection of Jesus and a heart changed by Him. Everyday holds new things for us while we’re on the move, but our prayer is that even in the smallest things we may be faithful to Him.
For those at home, friends & family at a distance, this is our prayer for you too. Be brave and know the power you have in Jesus’ name. Although we may not be close in proximity, we want to stand alongside you and encourage you, as you all have encouraged us so much. So go forth and walk confidently in the way The Lord has prepared for you.
Next up on our adventures is Italy! We are looking forward to embracing our inner foodies even more (if that’s possible) and keep waiting & praying expectantly for God to keep moving.