I’m not quite sure how to describe/summarize this past week… I was really challenged with the topic New Creation Realities as we got to ponder some serious and deep questions about God. I was a bit upset that I missed the Monday Morning lecture because I needed to be in the garden, however I learned a very important lesson about people and life that morning through a process called Managing by Walking Around. In a nutshell, the process is (1) identify the plants/flowers (people) and try to find any source of life or the “gold” amongst the surrounding grass/weeds (looking past peoples’ flaws, issues, etc. to find the life/”gold” in them) if any, (2) prioritize and work first where it’s needed most, and (3) support any plants/flowers that look like they need assistance. If you really think about it, it’s a very similar to how a hospital operates and when it comes to people. So, I guess I learned something valuable anyways! I was happy because even though it was hot, I was in the garden with our students mostly all week!! WEED did (that was a pun in case any of y’all are PUNdering… ok, I’m PUN – sorry, ok no more :p!!) lots of work hoeing, butifying (aka weeding – shifting focus onto making room for the plants and not focusing on the weeds) and tending to our flower beds… the garden looks absolutely beautiful now!!
The week was different than my DTS last year because we had class outside a few times and got time to roam around and ponder on some questions. Our speaker spoke for a bit, then would say “I’m going to ask you a question, and then the next 15-20 minutes or so is yours to do whatever you like as you ponder the question, then we’ll meet again and discuss what we got.” Some questions he asked were “Who is God?”, “Where is God”, “What does God say about you?”, “Who does God say you are?”, etc. The first question was “Where is God”. I got up and felt compelled to go to the garden. I wandered a bit in the parking lot and closed my eyes and felt myself being pulled towards the garden again… and so I went. I wandered around there for a bit and then headed back when it was time. As I shared what I found, I mentioned seeing the wind blowing the trees in that direction and how I felt myself being pulled towards the garden when I closed my eyes… Where is God?? In that moment, I believe He was the wind guiding me to the garden because He loves being with me in there and because it’s such a beautiful and sacred place to encounter Him.
As I said, the week was full of challenging questions that our speaker asked us which we got to discuss as a group; questions that I wouldn’t have thought of or even want to ask because I’d be too afraid that God would be upset with me or that people would question me if I doubted my faith :/. However, asking God those questions and discussing them with others is how we can gain a deeper and better understanding of God and how He operates. This is my 2nd time hearing this topic and it’s still a toughie to wrap my mind around as it’s a complete change in mindset… as I said (for the 3rd time haha), New Creation Realities. Us girls watched “The Shack” at the end of last week. I’m not sure how to describe it other than to say that I cried and that it basically (in my opinion) shatters any ideals/expectations/pre-conceived notions or opinions people have of who they think God is compared to who He really is. I haven’t read the book yet sadly, but I hope to soon. After we watched it, it made me think about how I view God, who I think He is and not who He really is. Quite a bit to chew on isn’t it?? I’ll give you guys some time to think about that haha :p
On Friday, our speaker prophesied and gave each of us a word(s) that he sensed God spoke to him about us which was very cool. I’m glad I recorded the session so I can go back and hear what he said to me 🙂 It was a great week full of interesting and engaging discussions and being challenged. Later in the afternoon we got to have a pool party as a team which was so much fun!! The best part of my day though was visiting with my parents and one of my siblings over supper in town before they carried on with their trip. It was so nice 🙂 On Saturday, a group of us went to a town not too far away to work the concession at the fair. It was a LONG and busy day but it was lots of fun filled with memories and much laughter! This coming week I believe the topic is on the Kingdom and Sonship which I’m looking forward to 🙂 Take care everyone and I hope y’all have a blessed week!! 😀