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November 13, 2010

Growing Closer

Growing Closer

Have you ever noticed how quiet it gets when it snows...? The world becomes hushed and muffled in a blanket of white silence. The world is lost in the still and quiet darkness where only the drifting flakes of crystalline snow seem to exist, and the timeless peace of a snowy winter’s night keeps you spellbound. It is in moments like these that the utter beauty of God’s creation awes me, and within the silence, I am better able to share my heart with Him.


Growing closer to God and learning to become the woman He created me to be is a major part of why I have come to summit semester. In desiring a better relationship with Him, I have learned that I must stick very close to His side and continually be open and honest. Even at Snow Wolf Lodge, it easy to get lost in the obligations and distractions of daily life and being able to do devotionals outside (where the majesty of the mountains just takes my breath away) helps me to stay focused on God. There I am able to talk to Him about my struggles and faults, to seek guidance, and to acknowledge the ways He is working in my life. In the future, as I transition back into normal everyday life, I hope to keep the habit of having daily quiet times with God.


Speaking of everyday life, this past week was John Stonestreet. On the last day of his time with us, he spoke on a topic that affects each of us deeply. He spoke to us about our Vocation, our calling in this life, and that we have both a calling and a Caller. God, who is the Caller, has created each of us with a purpose. To know that I have a specific purpose for which I was created is such a relief and an encouragement to me. I have spent the past five years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and to know that the real question should be “What has God created me for?” has lifted a burden from my heart.  For God has formed me, along with my desires, my gifts, and my skills in such a way as to accomplish his purpose for me in this life. As I grow closer to him and discover who I am, I will better be able to understand what I am to be doing with my life.


As to my life here, I cannot tell you how great it has been to spend the last several months with a group of people who have the same goals as I do. We desire to seek God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. We want to understand why we believe what we believe, and to live for His glory. This is the first time in my life that I have been in a community like this. During these past weeks, we have worked, played, learned, and grown together. And as we have done so, we have sharpened each other and have benefited from each others’ thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Simply put, we have become a family, along with its own uniqueness and idiosyncrasies.


When the time comes to go home, I will sorely miss our little communal family that has been molded by three months of intense study, community work crews, and beauty-encased seclusion. The bonds and the friendships that we have formed will endure for many years to come, and I am very thankful that God saw fit to bless me with this amazing opportunity that I will not soon forget. Thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ—to Him be the Power, the Glory, and the Honor forever and ever. Amen.


Blogger's Bio: After several mission trips to Latin American countries, Rachael developed a love for the culture and decided to pursue a major in Spanish.  Her interests are broad and she also enjoys art, dancing, singing, leather design, and visiting Rennaissance fairs. “Often I will set out to learn something simply because it interests me, I especially love to work and create with my hands, echoing in a small way God’s act of creation.” 

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