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June 26, 2012

Saturday, June 23 (Session 3, Day 7)

“Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

“We can choose our attitudes in whatever situations we find ourselves” announced Dr. Robert B. Linden, the speaker in this morning’s session. Dr. Linden reenforced his statement by reminding us of what Paul said to the church of Thessalonica, that we should: “be joyful always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks.”

This reminder was especially poignant to me because for the last several months I have wrestled with God’s will for my life. In particular, whether or not I should come to Summit. Because of a miscommunication, I registered for the wrong conference, and when I realized the mistake, the correct conference was already full, and I was put on a waiting list. This was devastating to me as I had strongly felt that the Lord wanted me to attend Summit. So instead of despairing and giving up, I determined to pray and seek out God’s will. To make a long story short, there ended up being an opening, and I made it here to Summit. The trial I experienced in trying to come to Summit has only made me more eager to find what the Holy Spirit will teach me during this time.

We still have a week to go, but God has already taught me so much. For instance, today—thanks to the AXIS team—I learned exactly how the varied technology and media in today’s culture appeals to my eyes and ears without appealing to my heart and soul. In addition, Mike Haley reminded us that we must be merciful toward the sinner but merciless toward the sin.

With every new speaker I listen to, and with every worship song I sing, God is revealing incredible things to me and I am trying to soak up every minute, with the knowledge that it was only because of His sovereign will that I am here, and it is up to me to make what I can of such a wonderful opportunity.

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