Have you aver just had THAT weekend? The one where you grow, learn more about yourself, fall in love with God all over again...the mountain-top experience? Well, that wasn't this weekend for me. Not until the end at least. This year, our women's group bought a retreat-in-a-box. It was fun I suppose, it afforded us opportunities to get closer and be introspective, and an excuse to get away. But it wasn't until the last hour that I was really moved; that was when women started sharing what God was doing in their lives lately, and how he had stirred in them this weekend, and I found that it wasn't the lessons or the crafts, it was our interactions with each other that truly impacted lives this weekend.
So we can list Pulitzer prize winners, scientific firsts, and famous people from every era, but when you get down to it, who has really impacted you most? I know that all of you reading this blog can tell me who your best friend from middle school or high school was, and that's because we make lasting impacts by what we are to people, not by what we accomplish. I'd like to make a much more intentional effort to invest in people's lives, and to make lasting impressions. I don't just want to complete some checklist in this life.
My camera followed me around this weekend and recorded some of my reflection, I just can truly connect to God when I'm surrounded by his beauty. So rather than let you peek in on my journal entries, here are a few of the many images that inspired them.
Gardens were everywhere. Water gardens, tropical gardens, rose gardens...you name it.
The only thing more plentiful than the vegetation were the natural hot springs. These have been here for a very long time, and while they were once a spa-getaway, the springs are now owned by Calvary Chapel and houses their Bible College. The hot springs wind through the entire campus, in lieu of man made fountains, there are bathing pools everywhere.
The architecture and character inspires me as much as the beauty of the natural variety.
One of the many springs. All of the springs are for bathing, none are roped off, no stairs or steps, it's just like slipping into a river you stumbled upon in the woods...only A LOT warmer. It soothes away all your aches and pains, but you do leave smelling like rotten eggs!
So, I'd love to hear about your best friend from your youth. Who was she and why was she so special to you? What makes you still think of her today?