And along with dreams, integrity fueled my father to enter the U.S. with documents in hand, sacrifice in his heart, and commitment in his resolve.
Now, years later, as naturalized citizens, each 4th of July fireworks of gratitude explode in me.
Yes, America has her issues, problems and struggles. But to me and my family, it is still the greatest country on earth. And America is uniquely special as he is the place where her founders honored God above all.
Through the years living in our new home, we learned the joy of prosperity and also the sadness of trials. But how sweet to know that mountaintop episodes make us grateful, but rough valleys make us grow.
We trudged through those valleys. I remember the initial period of adjustment when my family first set foot on American soil: The grueling battle to learn the language. The struggle to embrace American ways. Adjusting our taste buds to ketchup on French fries.
But we still taste gratitude at every stage. Each 4th of July reminds me of how we embraced all aspects of our new home. Each corner ushered renewed appreciation of the wonders this country brings.
We felt foreign, so we worked harder to adjust. We sensed discrimination because we lacked fluency in English, but we appreciated the opportunities anyway. We missed our family in Bolivia, but relished in our new American friends.
Back in Bolivia we lived in the wasteland with no future. But God made a way for us. He brought the water of opportunities and the freshness of a new life.
“I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:18).
Father, when we live in deprivation, you provided fully—in the timing that is perfect, in the way that is promising and in the quantity that is abundant. In Jesus’ name I thank you, amen.
- What land of gloom do you need to move from?
- What promises from God do you claim as yours?
- What brings hope for your future?
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