Our final day here in Costa Rica has now come and gone. It’s hard to believe we’ve been here an entire week already. Tomorrow, we head home.
Today, was a day to rest after the Pastor’s conference that ended yesterday. So, what better place to kick back than at the beach. It’s about a 1 hour drive from Atenas to the beach and what an eventful drive it was. We stopped at a roadside stand and bought a couple of fresh coconuts and drank the coconut water inside of it. Delicious! Next we stopped at a bridge over a river where the crocodiles hang out. The week before coming here, I saw a show on Animal Planet called “The Killer Crocodiles of Costa Rica”, and there I was seeing them first hand. We saw about 10 of them. 3 of them were huge. The next stop was the beach. Black sand, big waves and clouds. Yep, clouds, it’s the rainy season here, but it actually didn’t rain today. We had a good time playing in the surf and just listening to the ocean. We had a first time experience of feeding an Iguana right from the table at lunch. He was about 2 feet away, on the ground, so, we gave him some tomatos. Also, we saw about 30 Scarlett Macaws, you know the really expensive birds in the pet stores in the US, just flying around and hanging out in the trees, at the beach.
As we left the beach, the Lucas’ took us to the Villa Caletas Hotel to view the sunset from the hotel’s restaurant/amphitheater perched on the top of a mountain, looking down over the lush, green forest and out over the ocean. They thought it would be the perfect way to end such a great trip. Well, they did not disappoint. It has to be one of the most magnificent views I’ve ever seen. All I could do was just soak it all in and say thank you, God! It was the perfect ending.
We’ve seen and done a lot this past week. It’s been a week that I’ve witnessed the work of God’s hand in His creation, the children at Hogar De Vida Orphanage, and in His people. It’s been a week that God used me and my 2 kids to bless the lives of others. And, it’s been a week that God, in turn, used others to bless us. God’s taught me many things this week. I have a new perspective on what following Jesus is all about.