Week of Love

You have made know to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

This past week I spent at a Christ in Youth conference with COTHA SH students.  I have never before been, had no idea what to expect and was a little skeptical on how beneficial it would be for myself or our students.  However, in my prayers, I said YES to whatever the week would bring. I would be willing to whatever was revealed to me.

As it turns out, it was a wonderful week of sitting in God’s love.  Generally mission trips are about sharing God’s love and action.  Doing, sharing, and action…just the things I generally excel at best.

Instead, I found myself in a lot of worship, reflection and study.  I found myself overwhelmed in God’s presence.  I found myself on the mountaintop.

I’m not exactly an emotional person and tend to hold my emotions close.  I’m inclined to be logical and reserved.  As a result, so much of my journey with Christ has been a cerebral one. This week however was all about the emotion of salvation. Not only do I have eternal life as a result of following Jesus…I have a life worth living here on earth.  I’ve “known” this but this week I “felt” it.  Simply put…It was amazing!

I am home now and feel a little sad about coming down from the mountain but I am so grateful for the experience. It’s a wonderful thing to be willing to be put out of our comfort zone and to be blessed by the experience!  Something I need to do more often!

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.