During our week in Nicaragua we built a playground on the campus of Centro ABEM. The finished product is a testament to how God equips us when He has a task for us to complete.
You see there were 15 of us on the team and we’d never done this kind of thing before. Many of us didn’t even know each other very well. A couple of the guys on the team had some construction skills and a few of the women on the team
had never used a power tool before. However, each day God showed us what could be accomplished in His strength.
Our team leader would divide us up into groups of 2 or 3 people each day and give us a job. Every day we worked with different people on the team and every day we had a different task to complete. Every day we had to share tools with other groups. There were times when it got very challenging to complete your task because someone needed your tool or someone needed to work in the same space you were in. Those times required us to take a step back and remember the big picture of what we were doing and why.
We all had our own opinions about the methods of assigning tasks, but by the end of the week it was very clear that we had become more than a team. We built bonds with each team member as we worked together and became a great big family. One of the missionaries wanted to know how many other playgrounds we had built together. He was sure we had worked together on several projects before this one. The only explanation is that God had his hand on this project.
It was definitely a God thing the way the weather was perfect each and every day. There were cool breezes throughout the morning and even though it was the beginning of the rainy season…there was no rain at Centro ABEM. There was lots of rain all around us but we only got a little bit of rain at the center on
Friday afternoon after the playground was completed.
The construction of this playground was a great lesson about our daily walk as Christians. Each day God has a task for us to complete. He will provide the tools and people necessary to complete that task. We don’t have to worry about the outcome. We don’t even have to understand His ways. We just need to find out what he’s calling us to do and to do it with excellence.