Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Princeton Theological Seminary Trip-Blog 2
It is only day two and I feel like I've been on this trip a week!! Today was pretty awesome, we woke up at 7:00am in Somerset, Pennsylvania to see the sunrise around 7:14...just in case you were wondering...it was gorgeous...Then we drove through the mountains and stopped in Carlisle PA for lunch (where we found out that the McDonald's there did not have sweet tea or biscuits and gravy on the breakfast menu).
After that we drove straight to Princeton, Rosa did miss a turn and send us through the heart of Trenton...After all the crap she gave me about following then not following the GPS she misses our exit!! But it turned out okay, we made it, and it did not take that long either! Right at 5 hours with stopping for lunch.
We walked around campus a lot today, took some pictures, registered, and checked in. Then we went and found Wal-Mart to get those things we forgot, ate dinner, and are relaxing before the snow arrives (any minute now).
As I sit and relax, I think about all of the panic and worry that started this trip off, should we go? Should we not? When should we leave? Which way should we go? How often should we stop? Are we going to get along all the way there and back?
My initial response is yes we are crazy, we probably should have stayed at Hanover, and no we haven't killed each other...but at the same time, it all worked out. We have been so excited for this coming trip, this get away to stop and reflect on where God is calling us in our lives, to just "be" for a couple of days, and to even live on the edge a little as we take a few little risks along the way. (We are also going to drive back w/o using the GPS and using only the Road Atlas!)
It is funny that a few people have asked, "Don't you think God sent you all of the signs that you shouldn't make the trip up?" and of course I respond "well, you could see it that way, but I saw a window God opened up for us to climb through and when that window opened we responded."
(I should note, it just started snowing)
Before I am done for the night, I reflect on the following passage,
"He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." -Isaiah 40:29-31
I really like verse 11 in Isaiah 40 as well, "He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep."
These 4 verses I have often seen used in times of struggle, pain, and grief, however, I think there is much more to them than the old motto "If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it." I see in these passages a hope of being sustained each and everyday, but I also see a lesson that is tough to learn...Wait for the LORD, let the LORD lead, let the LORD carry if needed...
A thought for us to ponder this week as week stop, wait, and listen in the coming days.
Be safe, enjoy the snow, enjoy God's creation, and we will see everyone soon.