This is the first in a series of three guest posts by Haley, a sixth grade student that went on the Middle School retreat in March. I asked her to share her experience at the retreat.
Be Still… And Walk This Way.
What should I start with: the memories, the warmth shown, the greetings, the laughs? How about God? Who is he? What does that almighty, powerful being do for us? What impacts did he make on the Ohio Middle School Retreat; and the BIG question: how does that relate with being still and walking this way? Well let’s take a look at the Bible. Psalm 46:10 states:
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.
What is God trying to tell us in this verse? It states, “Be still and know that I am God”… This means God is telling his people to “be still”. Now the latter part of Psalm 46:10 is stating, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” He will be elevated from the Earth. Now, I would say that’s a pretty powerful verse! God will rise, no matter what!!!
The first day in Columbus, Ohio we got to listen and see Peder Eide, (who is a Christian Music Artist). We sang many fun songs that were just calling out for participation. All of the songs we sang had motions to them: As Is, Taste and See, Be (Click to see Peder sing this at the retreat), and That’s What Family Does. They each tell a story or a message that is meaningful and powerful. The song As Is is trying to state that people well-known in the Bible such as Moses, David, Jacob, and Jonah made big mistakes. But aren’t they supposed to be perfect; they were Jesus’s followers?! The thing is that they aren’t perfect, but God still loves them “as is”.
Later that day we went to Bible Study, which was a really enjoyable opportunity. We took a look at Isiah 30:21, which says:
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, this is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Pastor Ryan Honeycutt helped all the youth groups understand this verse better. God will always be there to guide you, no matter what decision you choose, (right or wrong). If you make the wrong decision God will steer you back onto the right path. He is always there!
One of the activities we did on the first night was very enjoyable. We made a banner that said Be Still and Walk this Way. All of us got to step in a bucket of paint and put our footprint on the banner. Well I was the one that went first, and I was on one side of the banner and I had to put my footprint on the other side. So you can imagine that was a bit disastrous. I accidentally slid my foot across the banner so I had a footprint about 5 inches wide. Great way to start off the banner, right? Then you had to go wash and dry your foot off in this 5 gallon bucket of water. Then, one of the boys put way to much paint on his foot so it looked like he didn’t have any toes. Then, when he went to wash his foot off, he slammed his foot into the water bucket and the water went all over two of the chaperones! Sounds like a great banner. Later when our banners were hung in the Ballroom we found ours in the back corner!!!
Later that night at about 11:30 p.m. we had family time. We got to replay our day in words; it was a relaxing and a pleasurable time.