Preparation

Bonelli Park

It all went by so fast that it felt like a dream. It’s time once again — the end of another vacation. As I wind down from the activities of these past several weeks, I come to a quiet place to collect my thoughts. What better place than my old stomping ground at Bonelli Park? Five years ago, when I left for China the first time, I hiked to this place where I took this picture. It was in this same spot I was reassured that I was on the right track, like a revelation of sorts. This particular path in Bonelli is about a mile long; it has both straight and windy stretches, uphill and downhill slopes. I like walking it because it has a beautiful view of the lake as well as the mountains. When I am on the peak of it, I see beauty as well as a good view of the rest of the path. Just like this season of respite from work and responsibility, I am able to gain some perspective on life and love. My preparation for China this time around brings me back full circle and reminds of the Providence that has carried me thus far. On this next bend in the road, I feel more confident that “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it in you.”

It has been a wonderful time of rest and renewal. One of my favorite things to do during this vacation, for sure, was spending time with my nephews, like this one in the playground. I’ll miss them when I go back to China. Here’s another picture of these three little guys:

Aldridge, Avery, Aiden

2 Responses to “Preparation”

  1. Sue says:

    Hi, Marybeth.
    Are you back to China already?
    Hope your new journey will fully experience His almighty and grace.
    Say hi to our fellowship sisters and brothers for me.
    Miss you guys!!
    Sue

  2. mbcohao says:

    I’m only in SH for two days :-) Thanks for your well-wishes, Sue. I owe you an email and will write you soon!! We miss you in our get-together last night!

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