Transitioning from a checklist-focused and schedule-oriented culture to a Central American life has been an adventure.

It’s funny, because, I base a fair portion of my identity on the things I accomplish and how efficiently I accomplish them.

And then there is Costa Rica, where even getting daily water takes up to an hour depending on which neighbors are around at the time (Aubree’s favorite chore with Ethan is fetching water–see photo!!).

One of our favorite expressions here has been “ahorita,” which literally translates to right now.

In Costa Rica, ahorita actually means at some point in time, but maybe never. 

So many times we have been confiused:

Gringo question: “When do you want to go surfing?”

Tico answer: “Ahorita.

Gringo response: Runs to room to change as quickly as possible, grabs surf board, practically falls down the steps to see the Tico amigo drinking coffee, still in street clothes, clearly not intending to get in the water for another hour or two.


I’m starting to think that the LORD is Tico in his definition of ahorita.

2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

We want to see things happen when it is convenient for us, but the Lord has his own gauge of time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

Sometimes He moves so quickly that we can’t keep up.

At other times we wait.

And… wait.

And wait.

For ahorita.

Lamentations 3:25-26  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,  to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.


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