In the second week of Summit Semester, we were blessed to hear from Dr. Steven Garber. One thing I appreciated was the way he talked to all of us students, and the how softly he spoke to us. It was an encouragement to me personally. He cared for us individually, memorized our names, and where we were from. He would have conversations with us when we would sit down at meal times.
One of the main things that really stood out to me when he was talking was how “eating is a very deep thing for us humans.” Referencing Mark chapter 14, Dr. Garber puts it this way: “Jesus was eating with the Twelve on the last night before he would be crucified.” You see throughout Scripture how Jesus is having meals with many different people in their homes, eating food, talking, and having conversation with them. He wanted to know them and was not afraid of the social stigma to talk with them. For example, in Luke 5, Jesus eats with the infamous tax collector, Levi. Despite what the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders said, Jesus came to heal the sick, not the healthy. He continued to sup with the worst of sinners.
Did you know the average family spends 13 minutes together per meal? Most of that time is spent in front of the TV. They don’t get the chance to see how powerful that time is spent together. Most importantly, they do not see how much people can grow in that time spent together. At Summit Semester we spend 30 minutes together per meal just to be able to create relationships. We often say the Lord’s Prayer together and sing the Doxology together before every single meal. I find this valuable because we do not rush into eating right away, but instead acknowledge God’s provision for the food first. This is what a godly community does.
Dr. Garber says, “eating is a very deep thing for us humans.” We need to stop and take time to put away everything around us and have communion and conversation with each other. Our example is Jesus. He spent most of his time eating with people and being with them. This is important to me because when we sit down and eat together we never know what conversation will be brought up and if that conversation will impact us in some way. Dr. Garber showed me that eating with others is an incredible way to bring people together and ultimately bring glory to God.
One of the things that stood out to me the most was the way Dr. Garber spoke about his wife. His wife seemed to have changed his life and he was incomplete without her. He whole-heartedly admitted how “in-love” he was with her. They met in on a mountain in Colorado, but did not marry till nine years later. His relationship with his wife is something that is rare today. He had quite a bit respect and love for her. This showed in the way he talked about her. He had the sweetest smile and spoke tenderly when he said her name. This made me appreciate godly marriages.
To conclude, Dr. Garber has a shepherd’s heart and cared for us individually. That was evident in how he took the time to answer our specific questions, memorize our names, and actively love each one us. I will always be thankful for the way he exemplified Christ while he was here at Summit Semester.
Macie Johnson made her way to Snow Wolf Lodge from Denton, Texas. True to her home state, Macie spent many hours of her high school years horseback riding, and engaged in competitive barrel racing. When not on horseback, she enjoys developing her creative skills as an artist, in both tactile and drawing projects. As a lover of the great outdoors, Macie is excited about the opportunity to hike through and explore the San Juan Mountains around Snow Wolf Lodge. After she finishes her semester at Summit, Macie intends to pursue Clinical Massage Therapy, and eventually hopes to become a midwife.