Somehow it seemed like in the blink of an eye, we were upon Volcano day! It was bittersweet, as we moved into two days of personal reflection on what God has challenged us with throughout the trip, where He has shown up unexpected, and where we go from here. Before beginning the climb, Sandy challenged each of us with the reflection question of “what does it mean to Dream Big? And what would you do if you could not fail?” With each step of the climb, we were to reflect on what God was speaking into our hearts around these two questions.
It always amazes me how God has each of our tiny steps planned ahead of time, down to who will go first and in what order of hiking. Who will be hiking together, in pairs and in groups – it all magically falls together to reveal stories of encouragement and revelations only He can show us. Some of us have done the hike multiple times, some felt unprepared, some were injured, and some were unsure of what was ahead. But no matter how we felt, God spoke to us. He knew what each of us needed to hear, and exactly how we were going to conquer that volcano.
Every year I’ve done this, I am always amazed at how I begin to feel exhausted and want to stop or slow down. And it is right before we come around a bend and look up and can SEE the peak. I often think of how many times in life, we are in a situation when we feel like we are too tired to go on. We question why God has led us down a certain path or journey. And it is usually right before he reveals our greatest strengths and allows us to accomplish our biggest goals. This climb is definitely worth the mountain top.