My alarm was set for 7:25 a.m. but my body woke up at 7. I'm not going to say something cheesy like "I was just so excited for this drive that I couldn't sleep any longer." Really, I just think I woke up in a panic, freaking out that I forgot something (I did, don't worry.)
Other than that, my day went perfectly. I picked up my three passengers flawlessly, got to Wesley on time, remembered the music I was supposed to bring on the trip, and we got on the road at a good time. Honestly, I'm a little surprised it went as well as it did.
This past week, I've been seeing God's grace when I mess up. When I mess up my responsibilities or turn in work late or don't carry my weight in group projects, I've felt my friends and family telling me that it's ok, that I can get up the next day and do better. While that's so true and important to remember, it's also nice to see God's love and grace when things go right.
I can already tell that this week will be full of love, laughter and service. Tonight, we arrived in Atlanta and got settled in New Church UMC. This church has so much life in it and so much love to give to the community. We were greeted by playing children who showed us the secret passages, then took us to their parents (the pastors). We were introduced to their sanctuary, a growing and changing monument to God's power to bring beauty from ashes. Then, we met to plan tomorrow's service and I already feel blessed to be a part of this community, even just for a day.
I procrastinated writing this, but I'm glad I did because now I'm surrounded by the noise of people playing games, getting ready to to explore the area, and by my best friend worshipping. All in all, it's a joyful noise full of excitement about the week to come.
I'm sure we'll mess up this week. We'll forget things or get in fights or need to restart projects or get lost on a new road. But I also know that we'll keep seeing God in the way things go right. Like, when a new relationship forms or when someone learns a new skill or when a student draws closer to God.
Tomorrow, we'll wake up and worship with a new community and our prayer will be simple-- "Lord, send us where the love is needed and show us your grace and mercy."