What an incredible week.
From June 10th-June 15th, I had the amazing opportunity to travel with 155 of my closest friends, to a place eight hours from home. That place, was Young Life’s TimberWolf Lake.
Only a year before, many of my friends who were involved in Young Life, experienced the same thrill and sense of love I just did. I remember seeing pictures of so many people I cared for, at a place called Frontier Ranch. The Instagram captions said things like, “Best week of my life,” or “Take me back.” I didn’t understand the truth behind those words. I mean how great could camp be? Little did I know I would be in their shoes one year later.
We turned the wooded corner to a view so breathtaking, I couldn’t help but stare. The restlessness of an eight hour ride began to take over. My life was about to change.
I can sit here and tell you about every single thing we did, but that would take days. (And I don’t want to ruin it for everyone going next year!) All I can tell you is that those who shared the pictures one year earlier, they were so right. I got to see my life change and the lives of my peers.
The staff at TimberWolf radiated a sense of joy that could not be explained. They had felt so deeply impacted by God’s love, that they sacrificed months of their lives to help share it.
(My relationship before and after camp):
Before camp, I had a relationship with God. I journaled and attended Young Life, but there was a numb feeling to it. I still felt alone and unloved.
This week, my eyes were opened to the fact that there is someone who is there for me. Not just when I’m sad, or when I really need someone. I constantly have my Creator watching over me, and caring. God loves us. He loves us so much that He sent His ONLY SON to DIE FOR US!!!!! For you, for me, and for every single soul on this planet. His love is so strong for us, that even when we sin, when we run as fast as we can in the direction opposite of Him, He continues to love us! God doesn’t want us to be ashamed to run to Him. He craves our love. He is here to carry our burdens! We just have to face Him, head on. I was tired of my chair turned sideways. This week, I recommitted my life to God. Not just a promise to pray every night. My proclamation was intended to turn my chair and face God. I am no longer halfway in the relationship.
I am all in for Christ!!!!!
The feeling I bring back from this trip is more than just an excited one. I feel a sense of fulfillment. God is living inside of me, and now many of my Mason friends. That’s why I cried so hard. In that moment, I saw God working with my very own eyes.