Blogs - Summit Semester
October 13, 2011
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
For the past few days, the weather at Snow Wolf Lodge has been cold and rainy. However, this doesn’t bother me because I love cold weather; a good torrential downpour from the heavens is one of my favorite things. As one of our many scheduled activities, once a week we all disperse to our special place on the property for over an hour of solitude. This is a time for prayer, listening to what God has to say, thinking, worshipping, and many other things. Yesterday morning I was sitting on a stump, cold and damp, staring out at a beautiful view of Colorado’s mountains, when I saw a drop of water hanging from the twig of a small tree a few feet away. Since I have OCD tendencies, I decided to bump the tree so that the drop would no longer hang suspended from the branch.
I leaned over and hit the trunk with my fist. As soon as I did, it dawned upon me that roughly 8,000 other drops of water would fall from the tree directly onto my head. I felt rather silly that I had not thought through the implications of my action.
My coming to Summit Semester is the proverbial “bumping the tree to get the drop off the branch.” Before I came, I thought I knew what I was going to learn and what I was going to get out of being here. I was expecting that “little drop” to fall, and that was what I felt comfortable with. However, by bumping that tree and coming to Semester, I have been quite surprised with the downpour of other raindrops that I did not expect to fall upon me.
I have been amazed by the diversity and sheer number of topics being discussed in class. We have talked about everything from the universe, to what women ultimately want, to terrorists, to abortion. We have discussed whether or not it is moral to kill abortion doctors, we have asked the question “what is a good love, and what good is love?” We have talked about Chaucer, liberals, and Scripture. The list is endless, and we are only one month into the semester.
Living in community has been spectacular. Before I came, I loved the thought of living with 30 other people. However, I could not have prepared myself for how these people would become my best friends and family. We do everything together; we have the same schedule, we eat the same meals, we all have to answer the same tough questions, we work together, and we play volleyball together. Being an incredibly extroverted person, I am thriving in all of this.
Today while everyone was eating lunch, people started to notice that snowflakes were falling with the rain. Presently it was a steady snowfall and eventually it began to stick and accumulate. Everyone was so excited to watch the flakes fall from the sky; it was especially entertaining to watch the few people here who have never seen snow before. It was a joyful time for all. For exercise time everyone bundled up and headed out for some snow-volleyball. Eventually, volleyball morphed into the most epic snowball fight ever, one that lasted for well over an hour.
Summit Semester is the best thing since sliced bread. Speaking of which, the bread we make here is the most delicious bread ever. But that is beside the point. I thank God that I have been given the opportunity to grow and learn here. Upon my arrival at Snow Wolf Lodge, I had no idea of how much I would learn and enjoy everything, but God had things in store for me at Summit Semester even before I thought about applying. There have been countless surprise “drops” that have fallen since I arrived. I am truly amazed and blessed. I have bumped the tree and God has showered His many blessings upon me. I have a feeling that this shower is going to steadily continue to fall for the remainder of the semester.
Matt feels called to the medical field and is fascinated with God’s complexity of creation in the human body. He will be studying for a degree in nursing at Indiana University/Purdue University, and hopes to work as an RN before pursuing his master’s degree. He has been a leader with the TRUTH group (Teens Reaching Up for Help) and is also a classically trained pianist. He loves people and greatly values friendships and great conversations. He also enjoys volleyball.