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August 30, 2012

Thursday, August 30 (Session 7, Day 12)

Thursday, August 30 (Session 7, Day 12)



“WAKE UP SUMMIT!”  The boisterous call from who-knows-where arouses the sleepy students out of their bunk beds each day. But today was different. Why did I not hear the cry that makes me both groan and giggle at the same time? Today was the day of separation between the guys and the girls to do what each does best – the one group going on a strenuous hike with the allurement of donuts and the other eating dainty fruit and bagels while soaking in the sun and wise advice from the more experienced. (I will allow you to come to your own conclusions as to which gender did which activity.) Soon, however, we were all back together in the classroom, ready to learn. How would God reveal himself to me today?

On this Wednesday morning, we had the privilege of hearing Dr. Del Tackett from The Truth Project speak. His lectures challenged me to think and live in a new way. He spoke of the differences of the little story versus the big story (metanarrative). The enemy wants me to believe that I should write my own life script. After all, I should know what is best for my own life! But that is the problem. This view is centered on me, me, me. As a first born and only girl, I often struggle with this.  I want my plans to go my way and others to follow my “perfect” script because that way, life is easy! However, as I was reminded, God has a script which surpasses my own understanding. God wants to “shalom” me and you. What does this mean? I learned this word has a far deeper meaning than just peace. In fact, in Jeremiah 29:11, shalom additionally means to be fulfilled and to reach what you have been called to. Surely, we can trust that His plan is good, for He is a great God. Although I have always believed that God has a special purpose for my life, Dr. Tackett hit it home! I can confidently surrender the pen to my life and allow Him to write my script, for He knows and created the big story.

Later in the day as we gathered for worship, we sang the words, “Lover of my soul, I want to live for you.” Imagine: 70 students, learning about the lover of our soul, declaring this phrase of surrendering to Christ. Wow.

In between much laughter, Ryan Dobson further instilled the lesson I learned earlier. As he spoke of his life and the un-comprehendible difficulties he has faced, my eyes were drawn to the sovereignty of God. It can be a deep challenge to grapple the hardships we must endure. How could such a loving God allow tragedy to occur? The fact is, is that God is God and I am not. As Dobson said, “The path of Christ will always be better than your own.” I can trust God’s plan. His plan is for me to live out His purpose for my life. This purpose will probably be challenging. This purpose will require me to leave my desires in His hands. But this purpose is part of God’s big plan, and I can rest assured in that.



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  • August 30, 2012 // 09:15 am //  # 
    Kristin Sears's avatar Kristin Sears

    Beautiful!  Praising God for His revelation and encouragement to you at Summit.

  • August 30, 2012 // 09:47 am //  # 
    Scott Sears's avatar Scott Sears

    I am so blessed to watch your heart grow in Christ. Thank you for sharing and encouraging me this morning.

  • August 30, 2012 // 04:19 pm //  # 
    The Browns's avatar The Browns

    Thanks, Karissa, for sharing what you’re learning, and for making all your readers wish we could be there, too!

  • August 31, 2012 // 10:46 am //  # 
    Shari Barrett's avatar Shari Barrett


    Your comments are so encouraging. May you continue to know more and more of God’s loving plan as He leads you step by step!

    Mrs. Barrett

  • August 31, 2012 // 08:00 pm //  # 
    Becky Ball's avatar Becky Ball

    Thank you, Karissa.  Your comments and insights blessed me.

  • September 01, 2012 // 10:17 pm //  # 
    Terri Ghioni's avatar Terri Ghioni

    Karissa! Wow! You continue to communicate so well through writing! What a blessing to hear how God is becoming more real in your life. He is so faithful to expand our understanding of Him and to help us experience His presence. I can’t wait to hear more! I love you my favorite Karissa!:)

  • September 02, 2012 // 09:14 pm //  # 
    Laurel's avatar Laurel

    Dear Karissa, wonderful job on the post! Keep up the quality writing, communicating clearly and creatively for His glory!

  • September 04, 2012 // 07:38 pm //  # 
    Lydia Moynihan's avatar Lydia Moynihan

    Karissa!  What a wonderful piece!  Both the things you are learning and the way you express yourself are remarkable!  Thank you for inspiring me to grow more in the LORD!

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