RE-Igniting a Passion
For the last 24 hours, I was able to spend time with God and get my soul on fire for Him all over again. It was amazing.
The Ignition Retreat took place this weekend. The theme was New Frontiers and I feel that even though I have been on campus for less than an hour, I am already starting to feel the change that God has placed in me. There were so many little things that contributed to that; there was the fact that I lodged in a lake and I got to see the most beautiful sunset. There was also the fact that I got to spend intense time in prayer with God’s people and just express to Him how He’s amazing. And how could anyone forget being outside at night around a bonfire with countless stars and swinging (yes, legitimately swinging on a swing like an elementary student) because you want to be that much closer to His creation.
Often, my prayer is that when I go to events like this and feel myself getting closer in relationship I don’t leave the same, but recently, I had to assess myself. Is it really about coming back a different person? I learned that the answer is no.
It’s about having time to recharge your spirit. It’s about being allowed the opportunity to spend some much needed intimate time with your Creator. It’s about saying to God, “I no longer want me, but You.” I feel that it’s about dying to yourself. And especially when you have those moments where you want to hold onto something and you know that you need to let go, it’s about not knowing what the result of the thing is going to be, but because you have given ALL aspects over your life to Jesus, you know that He is really going to be able to handle it.
One of the other things that I took away from the retreat is that there is no other thing like community. It was really exciting to be able to spend time with beautiful people that had the same desire to know and love God just like I do. And it’s interesting because no one is ever on the same spiritual level. But God knows that and He also knows that like Solomon in Proverbs, “Iron sharpens iron.”
Overall, the Ignition retreat was an amazing God experience that I can honestly say wholly changed my life and I would give everything to do it all over again.