It happened: my fourth and final Fall Conference.
Fall Conference is my favorite retreat out of the year. It comes at the perfect time – mid-semester – when I can take a small break from schoolwork (sort of…), get out of the “bubble” to bask in nature’s finest, and spend some time worshipping God and delving into scripture with some hundred+ people. Also, I get to spend qual time with my fellowship. It’s a bittersweet feeling to realize that I’ll never get this kind of collegiate experience again.
But all in all, I really didn’t feel that sad. I think I’m ready for that next step, whatever it is, and treated this like any other Fall Conference. Only I felt a
lot bit older.
That night, we examined Acts 1:1-14.
The message was about waiting actively for Jesus.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
I think the speaker could have gone more into talking about how we can “actively” wait. She did, however, illustrate by giving an example of planning a wedding vs. waking up one day suddenly married (and not in the Vegas way!). Sure, there needs to be some action while waiting for God to fulfill whatever it is that He has planned for us. But I’m wondering…what kinds of actions are required on my part in each situation? Perhaps I’ll have to do what the apostles did and pray for further discretion.
14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
After the evening session, some of the girls and I went stargazing. Isn’t it crazy how amazed we are to see stars, which are as plentiful and natural as grass, but so rarely get the chance to see them shine in all their glory?
This was my only “good” photo where everything wasn’t blurry!
The clouds were also passing very quickly over the moon, but I managed to time this right:
Finally, I played with painting with light for the first time. Results were not impressive AT ALL, but the attempts still make me smile 🙂 Thanks, my little egghead for being an enthusiastic volunteer/model!
And that concludes Day 1 out of 3…