Summers are my busy season.
I enjoy what I do–serving students at a leadership school–but I secretly lament my summers being “taken away” from me and the fact that I am pretty much cut off from the outside world (my friends, church, family) for about 40 days. If we were to play the hypothetical game and you asked me if I’d rather have a cabin in the woods or a house on the beach, I wouldn’t even have to think twice about my answer. House on the beach. If you were to ask me what my love language is, I’d say quality time. So not being able to bask in the sun and spend time connecting with the people most important to me is hard.
This is my fifth year here. My fifth year being away for 40 days. My fifth year serving students from all over the country and all over the world.
Every year that I’m here I realize what a blessing it is to be used by God in this capacity and to have the opportunity to watch young people become transformed right before my eyes. But the other day something new dawned on me. I realized what a blessing it is that I get to have a “retreat” from the outside world for 40 days. As much as I may think that I am sacrificing or giving up things that are important to me, I realize that God is giving me so much more than I can give to him. And I believe that in his great love for me he picked me to be here not because I’m the greatest servant or because I’m the best at what I do, but because he knew that in order for me to recharge, I would need more of him. I thank him for knowing me so well and for always, always, always giving me more than I could ever give back to him. I thank him for the precious lives that I can encounter this summer. I thank him for this precious time that he has allotted for me to know him more deeply.
The next 30-something days are going to be great!