On Day 4 of our trip, we visited Trees of Glory CarePoint. What a transformed community! This place stood in stark contrast to the places we had just left. It was evident from the moment we stepped off the bus that this community has been blessed by God. The children politely greeted us with huge smiles. As we toured the facility, the joy and pride on the faces of the staff was contagious.
We saw the chickens, carefully wiping off our feet to get rid of our human scent as we toured the egg house. The fields were filled with vegetables springing up through the rich soil. In the kitchen, we met the women preparing the noon meal. The water flowed beautifully through the faucets, clean and cold. Bright paint welcomed us in the dorm rooms. Our team exclaimed with glee how clean the bathrooms were.
I came away from that experience with this thought, “Don’t forget to take joy in the simple things.” It’s so easy living here in the US to focus on all the things I need and want; the things that will make my life easier and better. I too quickly forget that stopping and taking a moment to appreciate the simple beauty at hand is often all I need to remember that I am a child of God, loved and cared for.