Hey everyone! Have you ever had an experience where you absolutely know, without a doubt that God is trying to teach you a lesson? I had one of those a couple of weeks ago, and it was so obvious it brought tears to my eyes. I also knew I had to share it, because I truly believe it was a message, not just for me, but for everyone. So here goes!
My husband and I have recently taken up hiking, and have been trying to go on little hikes whenever we can. In Mid-July we found ourselves kid-less for a day so we decided we would go up to Ludington for a slightly longer, slightly more vigorous hike. So, we went to the state park, grabbed a map, and plotted our course. According to the map, our hike would be about 3 miles, through the woods and a little along the beach, where we would end it at the lighthouse. The way back would be much shorter because of a shortcut through the woods and then Ta-Da, we would be back at our car and sitting in our favorite sushi place by 4:00. Or so we thought. You see it started off just the way we thought it would. A beautiful path through the woods, following the markers laid out for us and truly enjoying ourselves… and that’s when it happened. The woodsy dirt path slowly started to turn into sand and the next thing I knew we were standing in the shadow of a 12-foot-high sand dune that would lead us to 4 miles worth of sand trails, sand dunes, and little to no shade. We had reached the beach part of our trail, except there was no beach. Just sand. You heard that right! Between a slightly misleading map and our own misinterpretations, our little 3-mile beach hike ended up being 6 ½ miles of desert like conditions and huge sand dunes. (not to mention the shortcut we were hoping to take on the way back was flooded so that added more time) On the biggest sand dune, my legs were already so tired from prodding though the sand I honestly didn’t know how I was going to make it. So Derek grabbed my hand and said “step in the footprints from the person before you”. Do you know what happened next? I spent so much time looking down for the right path to take, not to mention the extra support from someone who wouldn’t let me fall, I made it to the top with very little effort. And that’s when it hit me. When we look ahead at the giant mountain we feel afraid. We feel like we’ll never make it. But if we allow God to take our hand and follow the path he wants us to take, if we believe his truth that he will not forsake us, we will make it over that mountain. After that I prayed continuously for the energy and ability to make it the rest of the way and although I was sore and exhausted with a few bumps and bruises, I made it to the end of the hike without quitting, and I am stronger for it. What we are going through right now is just a big mountain everyone. We may not be able to see the end of it yet, but we have someone who loves us holding our hands and guiding us along his path. If we keep our eyes on the path instead of the mountain, we will reach the end of this thing, and we will see how much God built us up through the journey. Keep going, we’re going to make it!
At studentLife, we are making the best of our mountain with get togethers and a Summer Devotional series on the Fruits of the Spirit. We have an event scheduled for today from 2:30 to 3:30 where we will be eating ice cream and playing Nuke ‘Em, (which I have never played before but it sounds fun!) and we have another on August 4th from 12:00 to 1:00, which will be a picnic (don’t forget to bring your lunch!) and we will play 9 square! Don’t forget the church building will be closed so use the restroom beforehand!
Our summer “Fruits” series is also going amazing! Last week one of our own studentLife-ers Jerzie gave us a wonderful devo on Patience and this week Jeff spoke to us on Kindness, both of which I personally believe are essential all of the time, but especially in our present circumstances. If you haven’t seen the devotionals, you can find them on our website, the ministry blog page, or on our social media, we’ll include links below. We can’t wait to discuss them with you all.
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Finally, if you can believe it, we are starting to get some plans together for our next year of studentLife! Although, we don’t know exactly what this will look like, we are on the lookout for some volunteers! So, if you are a parent who is looking for a place to plug in and serve please contact us! We’d love to have you on the team!
I hope you all are well and I cannot wait to see you very soon, whether it be at our studentLife events or when the Church re-gathers on August 16!! (hopefully both!) Don’t forget to reserve your spot online if you are planning on attending one of the services that day! Love you all!