Hey, this is Hans.
(sigh)...where to start? God has done so much in me personally, half of which I don't even know how to verbalize at the moment, so let's stick with an incident in the half that I can. One of the most prominent blessings I've been able to experience this week was the opportunity I had to go snorkling in the Haitian reef. I would say what I saw was breath-taking, only I needed those breaths while underwater. I saw some of the most beautiful of God's creations I have ever had the opportunity to encounter up close and they blew me away. Seated on a stranded log in the midst of the reef, staring back accross the unbelievably blue water at the vibrant, sun-baked shore, I developed a new and radical appreciation for and insight into the beauty of God and His creation. Moreso than this I was given a greater glimpse into the reality and entirity of His presence in this world and in my life. I am tiny and broken, but God is beyond massive and loves me in great big bunches. The fact that He is able to take something as broken and failure-prone, and insignificant as me and mold it into something beautiful, something He delights in and takes pride in, something He can use for his glory...it astounds me. As I said, trying to address this often leaves me straining for words, and to borrow from Thomas Aquinas I feel everything I've said thusfar concerning God is straw in comparison to who He really is. How awesome it is that I have the ability to pursue and encounter brushes with God's glory!