By Manuel Patino
After a week of trench digging, gravel laying, handing out food bags, VBS, and a lot of walking, the day of rest had finally arrived. Waking up at the wee hour of 3 am, we loaded up the bus and headed out to Manuel Antonio to enjoy some rest and relaxation.
Walks along the beach, a tour of the national park, sun bathing, a dip in the pool, and massages on the beach were some of the ways the team chose to relax. While the team was relaxing by the pool, we were treated by a barrel of monkeys swinging from tree to tree. As one monkey would swing from one branch to another, several more of them would follow. As I was watching them do this, I looked back to some of the work we did together this week and was reminded of this verse; “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”, Proverbs 27:17. Regardless of how hard the work was, we continued to help and encourage one another, working as one body.
To round out the day, the team enjoyed some dinner together at El Avion, overlooking the ocean, with an amazing view of the sunset. Over the course of our meal, I would glance over at the other team members from time to time, and noticed how relaxed and comfortable everyone was with one another. When our trip had started, most of us didn’t really know one another, so it was great to see everyone laughing and having fun together.
“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”, 1 Peter 4:9-10
As relaxing as the rest day was, the days that lead up to it were much more for fruitful. Our time together has created new relationships, strengthened others, and helped us bond together spiritually.