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.
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.