Blogs - Summit Semester
September 20, 2012
Time of Solitude
As of right now, we are on our 6th day here at Snow Wolf Lodge! On Tuesday, we had what we like to call a time of solitude. What in the world does that mean? Well, that is something that we are all figuring out ourselves. Dustin stepped us through the importance of taking a time out of all the busyness, and simply spending some time alone with God; reading, praying, thinking, singing, and pondering. Sounds great, right? It is, but the silence can be intimidating. In our busy lives we very rarely take a time out to be silent. Here, at Snow Wolf Lodge, there is a silence I have never experienced before. No cars or planes, no white noise. No people talking, and during this time we all have our own special place to go. Some stayed around the lodge and others, like me, hiked up into the woods to enjoy the beauty that is all around us. I can already tell that this will be one of the best parts of the week.
After Solitude and lunch we headed out for work crews. Work crews will be happening twice a week and will consist of different projects around the lodge. On Tuesday we had 5 different crews working on everything from staining and painting a building, to digging a rain ditch, and cleaning the insides of the buildings. Unfortunately, our plans where changed when it suddenly began to rain. So, we adjusted and those working outside moved into the barn to clean and rearrange. Sometimes you just have to be flexible.
Now, on to Wednesday! In the morning we had a devotional time on Hebrews and read all the way through the book. To be honest, this was challenging. Usually I don’t read all the way through a book the size of Hebrews in one sitting, let alone with other people. But it was definitely something I’m glad we did.
After Hebrews, there was some study time and lunch, and then we headed out to get some fresh air. Some went for a walk; some went on a run and some played volleyball. Let me tell you something about Summit. We take volleyball very seriously.
In the evening, we had our first class with Eric Smith. What a great teacher. We talked about biblical foundations and asked a lot of questions. How can we trust the Bible? Is it true or just moral stories? Is it reliable? If so, then how can we prove it? Archaeology? A changed life? Eric Smith challenged us to really think about why we believe the Bible is true and pushed back when our answers were flawed. During this class I realized how, extremely, excited I am to be here.
That brings us to Thursday morning, our second class. Eric Smith talked about the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of God and the Bible. We spent all morning discussing these aspects of scripture and asking questions. After talking about the inspiration of the Bible and looking at some different views the moment came when the words, “Kelly, what do you think?” came from the front of the room. What do I think? Well, that’s a great question! I found myself stumbling over my words and was suddenly humbled. I thought I knew more than I actually do and I realized that some of the ways I have been looking at the Bible could be completely wrong. And if I’m not wrong, how do I defend what I know to be true?
After class we had lunch, some study time, more volleyball and a time of group reading before our last class of the day. Which leads us to Thursday night’s class. We continued on our discussion of the reliability of scripture and how we can prove it to be true. Eric Smith gave us a list of archaeological evidences to help argue this viewpoint that also helped solidify our own view of the Bible. We talked a lot about the Bible’s historical evidences and picked apart the Old and New Testament. A lot of the things we are working through are ideas I have never thought of before. I know I speak for everyone when I say that his is going to be such a great semester of growth and maturity in all of our relationships with Christ and we are excited!
Kelly Hamilton, 19
Kelly was raised in Christian home, but did not accept Jesus Christ till after struggles in her early teenage years. She seeks daily to live for God in every aspect of her life. Kelly wants to pursue a degree in communication and youth ministry. God has given her a passion to speak on relationships and dating, after seeing the corruption caused by society. Kelly is currently attending Liberty University.