I have SO much to say...
There is no way I can describe all the things that happened this weekend, so I think this will come in installments, like a loan or a mortgage. But better. :)
This weekend was High Altitude, which is our High School winter retreat at church.
There were 48 kids and 10 adults who went.
I am not positive, but I think the camp was at about 10,000 feet. So the name fits. My asthma was not happy, but everything else was!
Our speaker was Chris Simning, and I can't say enough about what an awesome speaker and man of God he is. More on this later.
I had about 9 hours of sleep the whole weekend, and might be getting too old to handle that very often...
Intestines were mentioned several times over the course of the weekend.
I refereed lots of games of Dodgeball, and lived to tell about it.
OK, the deal with intestines:
At family time (where just our youth group gets together and talks about the speaker and sessions), the subject came up about how God often works in weird ways. Like sometimes He will work in our lives through something we didn't even realize was happening, or those "coincidences" where someone we meet talks to us about the very thing we are struggling with.
I said that that was like intestines.
Bear with me.
God created intestines. Who would have EVER thought that making a tube-y thing super long, and then coiling it up in our abdominal cavity would be a great way to process waste. And if you stretched intestines out they would be ridiculously long, but all curled up they fit perfectly.
Who would have IMAGINED that as a great idea? But God did. Point: we cannot know what God has planned, or how He is going to work. His ways are not our ways. We can't know how He is going to bring people (or Youth Retreats) into our lives, and change us for the better.
I guess that the example didn't have to be about intestines, but we had talked about intestines on the drive up there (before the blizzard over Berthoud Pass - I didn't talk during that AT ALL.) so it seemed like a fitting analogy.
But really, have you ever thought about intestines? And how amazing they are? And I once knew someone who has Crohn's Disease, and she had some of her intestines removed and replaced with plastic. Wait, not on topic.
But really, God is amazing, and worked in the lives of our kids all weekend.
I'm grateful for this retreat. I'm grateful for our Youth Group kids and their realness. I'm grateful that we made the drive up there. I'm grateful for intestines.
More to come.