Back in Swaziland

I arrived back in Swaziland on Tuesday evening, July 6th.  I could be giving you updates on the last couple of days in Swaziland, but instead, I’m going to dwell on the Breathe Conference and my last day in Switzerland.  Everyone asks me what was the best thing about the Breathe Conference.  The wonderful opportunity to worship and hear a meaningful message for two hours each morning for 10 days is up there at the top of the list.  Having breakfast looking at the “three sisters” glaciers and then watching the color reflect off of them as the sun was setting around 10:00 PM was certainly another high point.  The opportunity to go on daily walks or hikes by myself or with others.  One could truly walk anywhere and feel completely safe and without worry and you could always find a path leading back to Credo.  The daily sessions with a counselor, the massages, the food and of course the chocolate were wonderful.  The quiet at night was a treasure.  The loving, safe, encouraging atmosphere was such a blessing.  Even the tears that seemed to flow for reasons that I sometimes couldn’t identify were a welcomed blessing.

But, the high point of the conference was the time I was able to spend alone in prayer and communication with my God and savior, Jesus Christ.  There is something so healing to be reminded by God himself that what he wants is to be in relationship with me. Little old me.  And that he wants me to come to Him with my burdens and to rest and be renewed; to come to Him to drink the cool, refreshing living water.  The 10 days at Breathe and being in Switzerland were like a brief glimpse of what heaven will be like.

My flight from Zurich to Frankfurt and then on to Johannesburg wasn’t until 6:15 on Sunday evening, July 4th.  So, not wanting to waste the last bit of time in Switzerland and being in God’s beautiful creation, another woman who also had a late evening flight and I made plans to take a train ride up to one of the lower mountain tops and walk around for a bit before we had to leave for Zurich.   I woke up at 5:00 AM on Sunday to steady, though not heavy rain.   I prayed for the rain to stop, and by the time we were done with breakfast it was pretty much over.  My friend and I decided we weren’t going to let the rain deter us.  We were going to step out in faith that by the time we got up to the top of the mountain the rain would be done.  And of course we weren’t disappointed.

The view of Wilderswil from Credo on Sunday morning, July 4th as we started walking down to the train station. The rain had pretty much stopped, but the clouds were lingering.

A glimpse of the blue sky and the clouds below as we were going up the mountain.

Even with the clouds below the view was spectacular.

The view as we were nearing the top. The hills are alive with the sound of music..

One of the views as we started walking around at the top of Schynige Platte.

There were wildflowers everywhere and there was a section that was a botanical garden planted by the Japanese with hundreds of different types of wildflowers. This was the sign warning not to pick the flowers. It took a few minutes for us to figure out what this sign was all about. What a hoot!

We took a short walk with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

Such beauty is breathless. God is so amazing.

One last close up view of the glaciers. They are so magnificent. I couldn't just stop taking pictures.

And finally our last view as we headed down the mountain on the train.

It was a beautiful morning, and a wonderful chance to say good-bye to this awesome part of God’s creation.  Once we got back to Wilderswil we changed out of our wet shoes, gathered our luggage and leisurely made the trek to the train station in Interlaken for the 2 hour ride to the Zurich Airport.  It was a wonderful way to spend the last bit of time before going back to the reality of Swaziland.

In a few days I will update you all on whats going on at Lomngeletjane.  But I decided for today, I wanted to spend the time in God’s word and in prayer and in awe of these beautiful mountains.  I hope your day is blessed.