December 31, 2008

Marvelous Light


Into marvelous light I'm running,
Out of darkness, out of shame.
By the cross you are the truth,
You are the life, you are the way

I had been listening to this song all day and what a day it had been too, the middle of November....I left my apartment in Antigua ear-ly (sing song voice) as in 4am early, getting on the shuttle, forcing myself not to announce happily to every tired person in that packed van, that I was flying home to GET MARRIED....



....getting married to the boy I played hide and seek with when we were ten....but, we had grown up, had very separate journeys and God has brought us back together which is a WHOLE other story and miracle... but, I was deep in love that day and about to get on a plane in Guatemala and get off in Texas and step into wedding party central where just about everyone I loved most in the world were going to celebrate with us, this very miracle.




I made it to the airport and even made it to my gate an hour before we were supposed to depart. Even very happy, in love, brides to be, can get a little sleepy and a certain Kelsey had kept me awake until the wee hours of the morning delighting me with Pre Christmas for Madi....she bought out Old Navy and Target, so if anyone noticed that little girl size 2 winter stock was running low, it was because my Madi was being decked out by Kels, who had flown in the day before from Minnesota!! So there I was sitting at my gate and I fell just a little asleep, ipod playing and slept right through my flight's departure and even more embarrassing, they called my name three times on the loud speaker the laughing flight attendants told me later. I felt immediate peace about missing my flight, well maybe not immediate -- immediate... more like 20 mins of panic, then peace that God's hand was in this. I found out that I either could repeat the same flight the next day or leave later in the afternoon and spend the night in the Mexico City airport and arrive the next day around noon...I was already short on time so opted for the latter. I grabbed a taxi to the Marriott to spend a couple hours with my friends Kirk and Kelley
here to bring home their two little boys...our marathon battle of an adoption.



Word spread fast and Scott didn't want me staying the night at the Mexico City airport and while we were discussing possibilities, Peter (my bro) The Amazing made reservations for me at a hotel in Mexico City and his e-mail said..."..this is my early wedding present, enjoy and be refreshed in the Lord" By the time I was about to board the plane that afternoon, one of the flight attendants approached me and said " We have talked and we would like you to ride first class" Settled info my cushy first class seat I grinned to myself at the Lord and turned my ipod back on to have to turn it off again when I saw the the cock pit door open and one of the captains walked out and asked if he could sit with me for a minute. He told me that he felt like the Lord had laid it on his heart when he saw me that he needed to speak with me, so he gave me first class and asked who I was and what was I doing in Guatemala....so there we sat, the Guatemalan captain and the girl from Texas who lived in Guatemala....in first class. We talked about orphans and special needs children... we talked about adoptions being closed and the children who had already gone home and the ones still in Guatemala....we talked about the lives and stories of these children and both agreed that one could never just walk away, nor would you ever want to...those faces forever imprinted on your heart and mind, forever worthy of the fight for the lives, forever "our calling" forever His heart! He offered his help and his friends' help and gave me about ten different ways to reach him, so he could be apart of these children's lives. We shook hands and knew the Lord was present. I turned my ipod back on and that song "Into marvelous light" was playing and I looked out the little airplane window and cried...this was God...this was Guatemala!!



I barely even know where to start blogging again, but because I have been blessed with the most amazing friends and family in the world who love and support me despite long scattered blog posts like this, for them I am going to jump back in and start blogging again.... about our lives in Guatemala and His moving heart and hands that we are privileged to see here!

ALOT has happened this past year....we have had many mission teams come which has opened up so many new minsitry opportunities ( more on that soon!) Madi has graduated to pigtails, loves to be read to and is talking up a storm, so many of my children's adoptions have been completed and they have gone home ( I have some MIRACLE stories, You Guys!!!!) to their families, Madi loves to help me clean the house and for some reason is pretty convinced that she needs to do this in her bathing suit ( I am pretty fond of seeing her brown legs anyway, so don't argue.)



I wake up to a HUSBAND who has a heart full of passion for the Lord and ministry and blows me away with his wisdom, we moved into a new apartment, I still walk past the same children begging as I did last year....we just know each other's names and lives now, I have had my wonderful family all come visit us at different times...



....there have been tears, laughter, life changes and lives changed, God has moved and He has been faithful...I just can't wait to share it all with you!!!

It's good to be back.....Hi Katie!

18 comments:

Kelsey Lantz said...

O my goodness o my goodness o my goodness...I wish you could have seen my reaction when I got on and saw that MELISSA SCOTT had written an updated post!!! You are a woman full of inspiration, encouragement and God's light always shining through. Kiss that sweet lil chocolate baby girl and tell her that her aunt Kelsey wishes she could bring early Christmas everyday. I miss you and love you so much Mel

Kim and Olav said...

I read your post...It brought tears to my eyes...

Katie said...

The sun is a little brighter today. 2008 wasn't so bad afterall.

Terry said...

Welcome back! And congratulations on getting married!

Terry
www.whereverhemaylead.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

You do not have any clue how excited I was to see that there was new blog...I had pretty much given up but then I saw it...a post on Katie's blog that said you had FINALLY BLOGGED!!! Welcome back and cannot wait to begin following your journey again.

Maybe one day soon I will actually get the chance to meet the sweet little family that my sister-in-law and brother have fallen in love with!!!

Hannah said...

I am so glad you are blogging again...any reason to see pictures of Maddi is a good reason!!

God Bless.

Hannah

Mamá to the best 3 said...

YAY!!! it is sooooo good to have you back!!! CANNOT wait to read about all the miracles God is doing in Guat!!!

gracie :) said...

As emphasized by all previous commenters, we are THRILLED to have you back in blogland! I almost couldn't believe it when "Seeking the Forgotten" showed up in my Reader list. Really?! Hooray! Looking forward to hearing more of your adventures and cannot WAIT to be there ourselves to pick up our darling girl and finally get to MEET YOU!

Tina said...

Welcome back! I can't tell you how many times I have checked your blog this past year "just in case". I can't wait to be inspired anew by you (and now Scott) and to see new photos of Madi-girl as you do God's work in Guatemala. Tina

Amanda said...

whoa. lookie who we have here!! i truly look forward to hearing your life and heart in blogs to come!! welcome back!!

ideasmack said...

Baby you're amazing. I loved your blog post and your blog is beautiful! I miss you so bad I can't stand it!!!! I love you!

Stephanie said...

so glad you are blogging again!!!!!!!

Armstrong's said...

Hey Mel! Loved the post... the airplane story was amazing- got goosebumps.

Hope you had a great New Year's Eve and that all is well.

Think about you guys often- abrazos,
Emily

Chris and Lindsey Wheeler said...

Oh wow....I am speechless. I love you friend....and am beyond excited to read your blog again.

gloria said...

Oh melissa.... I sit in tears...... I was just thinking of you and needing to write and let you know how lovely the wedding photos were and going thru my computer cleaning up and noticed your blog site there and thought "maybe" melissa will be blogging again.... and here it is! Oh I just cried. I am so glad that you are blogging again. What a blessing and anointing I received as I read thru your post and as you shared your heart of hearts for your madi, for guatemala's children and now for your beloved Scott. I am just so thrilled for you all and anxiously await to see how God uses you ,scott and madi to minister to those precious souls there in Guatemala.
Thank you for taking time to share again. It blessed many I am sure.
I was thinking about guatemala the other day -- I miss it so...... there is so much I wish to write, but I will stop for now. Just now my friend that I have been praying for you and scott as you begin this wonderful journey with Christ. May you be forever blessed by our Lord,
Gloria

Mary Ann said...

Congratulations! I am so glad that you are back! I missed a year of you posting! IT funny that I checked your blog today, because I have not in a long time! Your wedding pictures are beautiful and you all make one beautiful family!
Many Blessings!

June Berger said...

Hi Melissa,

I'm so happy to see you, your hubby and Madi! I will look forward to reading the miracles the Lord is doing in Guat. You know a part of my heart will always be there, since that's the birth place of my beautiful, awesome little boy.

You would NOT believe the huge change in him in only a year! If you ever get a free minute, yeah right! lol, check out my blog and you can see how he has grown and meet his new sister ;o) . Anah has been home with us a month already!

We definitely have a blessed life. The Lord is so good to us, all the time! Wishing you and yours peace and joy.

http://ajourneyofgrowth.blogspot.com/

Alyssa said...

I am glad to see one of my VERY FAVORITE is back at it!!! I have checked your blog many times over the past year in hopes of an update--I was actually reading Dick R blog and found your link on the side and tried again--and there you were:0)

I am so sad that we missed your wedding!!! I desparately wanted to be there, but, could not. I am SO happy for you though!!! You have a beautiful family.