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Learning to Listen

Last weekend was Fall Break, the first ever in my college years – we recently shifted to semesters from quarters so I’m only now beginning to enjoy all those mid-term breaks. I signed myself up for a spiritual retreat of sorts for the weekend.

Metanoia means a direct knowing of God.  For some who go on these trips that is precisely what happens.  When you spend many hours alone in the wilderness with a heart that’s affirming the reality of God guidance – amazing things can happen.

The description really drew me in, plus the campus-wide email said that it was going to be all about “listening.” I kinda liked that; taking a break from everything, just to listen.

That and many other things like adding another state to my “Been there, done that” list.

I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit worried – I’m not an outdoorsy girl. I’m not a sleep-outdoors kinda girl. Camping for three nights in the wild with nothing but flimsy canvas to protect me from the critters and wild animals- honestly, the stuff of my nightmares.

We got there on Friday night at about 1am. I couldn’t wait to fall asleep – but when it got to morning I quickly realized how stupid I was for being scared at all. Fear’s kinda dumb that way.

The place: Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer, MI

There’s another sign at the entrance that says something about the site being open for organizational youth groups – that’s when I realized how safe I would be. My heart stopped pounding around that point.

All in all I had a wonderful time. I didn’t get my major epiphany but I am one step closer. 🙂

Hiking through the woods to the beach.

The sand dunes to the beach = MAJOR cardio workout.

Lake Michigan

Sand everywhere!

Lake Michigan. It’s  actually that exact same blue to the eye. And freezing cold. Like pins and needles cold.

6/7 hours a day on the beach for a few days and you discover a talent for rock piling.

My journal and Margaret Ogola’s The River and the Source. This book (and ugali) is probably as Jang’o as I’ll ever get being non-fluent in the language and things 🙂 I like to imagine that the characters in the book are actual members of my family. I even have an aunt called Vera. (You have to read it.)

There was a wedding photoshoot going on too.

It’s not everyday you can switch off your phone and step away from the internet just to reflect and think and discover and pray.

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This entry was published on October 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm. It’s filed under Landmarks, Landscape, Places, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Learning to Listen

  1. Lovely images. I have got to read that book one day.

  2. the last few images are quiet good

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