Being away from home on a Holiday is definitely hard for me, since I am so close to my family. Every holiday we have the same tradition; eating lunch at Mema and Pop's house, and then dinner with my mommy. The only other time I have been out of the state for a holiday was 3 years ago, where I ironically was in Hawaii for Christmas where I celebrated His birth Hawaiian style. This year, He brought me back to the island to celebrate the Resurrection.
All of the churches in Kona came together for an sunrise Easter service this morning. Being outside watching the sunrise and Hula dancers perform is FOR SURE my kind of Easter celebration worship. At the end of the service a helicopter flew over the field we were in and dropped HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of Plumeria flowers on top of us. If there is rain in Heaven, I know it will be just like that. Absolutely beautiful.
After service, Krista, Lindy, Troi, Sarah and I went to a little town called Hawi about an hour and a half away. They have the cutest organic cafe that we ate lunch at (I've gone back to my Vegan ways this week, more on that later). The drive back to Kona was really when the Resurrection of Christ completely sank in. The highway is right next to the shore so you can see nothing but endless amounts of blue water. Stunning. We were blaring Misty Edwards and just soaking in creation. Her song, Arms Wide Open came on and I just sat there, staring out into the Pacific, windows down, hair in my face, completely drenched in the Lord's presence.
“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering “What does love look like?” “What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been asking of You
I once believed that love was romance, just a chance I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful I once believed that love was a momentary bliss But love is more than this All You ever wanted was my attention All You ever wanted was love from me All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at Your feet
Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused If all of life comes down to love Then love has to be more than sentiment More than selfishness and selfish gain
And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through me I could not escape those beautiful eyes And I began to weep and weep
He had arms wide open, a heart exposed Arms wide open; He was bleeding, bleeding
Love’s definition, love’s definition was looking at me Looking at Him, hanging on a tree I began to weep and weep and weep and weep
This is how I know what love is, this is how I know what love is
And as I sat there weeping, crying Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love
He said to me, “You shall love Me, You shall love Me You shall love Me, You shall love Me”
With arms wide open, a heart exposed With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding
If anybody’s looking for love in all the wrong places If you’ve been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me Take up your cross, deny yourself Forget your father’s house and run, run with Me You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so follow Me And You’ll come alive when you learn to die
Today was such a powerful day in my life. I am excited to continue receiving the blessings the Lord has in store for me. I'm ready to come alive and learn to die.
I did it. Got over my fear of flying over the ocean and hopped on a 5 hour flight to Kona, Hawaii.
Going to be here for 3 months with University of the Nations taking classes for a Discipleship Training School. My classes start this next Thursday so I came a little early to get moved in and spend time with my bestie Lindy Conant.
Once my classes start I will blog about what I am learning/what the Lord is doing in my heart... So get ready :)
For now.. Here are a few things I'm learning about living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean:
1. There are no squirrels here. The first time someone told me this I freaked out. I love squirrels. Sure they are rodents who may or may not be carrying some sort of disease.. but they are just so darn cute. And I like to feed them peppermints. Anyhow, they have these things called mongooses.. (I am starting to think this is a myth because I haven't seen any yet.)
2. Geckos are like Oklahoma's crickets. They are EVERYWHERE. I have been here for 6 days and I'm already getting used to geckos running over my toes while I am fixing breakfast. (I am exaggerating a tiny bit, but I feel like it's needed to emphasize how they are everywhere)
3. Hawaii feeds it's cockroaches steroids. I swear, these things are the size of hamsters. I had my first encounter with one while getting ready for bed and my friend Krista nonchalantly says "Hey Kellye, will you reach up and kill that cockroach above your head?"... hmmm. At home, I would use a flip flop to kill an insect. Here, I need a machete on hand at all times.
4. Apparently it is weird that I say "chunk" here. As in "I chunked a shoe across the room". No one told me that the rest of America says "chuck", which I think is stupidest thing in the world. In Oklahoma I only use that word when I am talking about a chuckwagon.
( Other than the critters and humidity.. this is the greatest place on Earth. (Other than Disney World of course). My favorite things have definitely been going to the beach and this cute little Sushi shop called Hiachis where you make your own sushi. The beach we go to is called Mile 88. I guess the locals get mad that the YWAM'ers call it this because that's not really the name of the beach. We just can't pronounce all the Hawaiian words and there is a mile marker 88 sign there.. so BOOM. Mile 88.