We woke up bright and early to head to our main destination for the day: the Grand Canyon! While we intended to drive non-stop, the Lord had better plans. Hidden behind car troubles was a sweet opportunity to turn to Him and have personal Bible reading time by a beautiful lake. Eventually, we made it safely to the Grand Canyon! After a brief photo session, we blended with our sister church in Flagstaff and students from Northern Arizona University for dinner! I was reminded of 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith.” It was so encouraging to meet other students and local community members who are keeping the faith with us!
Between getting semi-stranded at a tiny airport, eating sandwiches out of a van, and blending with other believers in an urgent care center, today brought many surprises, but also many opportunities to experience the Lord’s sovereign blessing! We had to make a pit stop to exchange our rental car. Though initially this seemed like a setback, the Lord is so sovereign! We spent personal time with the Lord, and then visited a nearby lake as we waited for our rental van. We also had the privilege of enjoying made-to-order sandwiches made by our staff-member-turned-deli-owner Sampson.
After lunch, we spent some time reading from a book called “Enjoying the Riches of Christ for the Building Up of the Church as the Body of Christ.” Today, I was struck by the fact that the Lord is the transforming life within us! Transformation, making us precious material useful to God’s purpose, is an inward change in our constitution and being. As such, we don’t need to strive on our own to improve ourselves. We just need to enjoy Christ as life!
When we arrived at the Grand Canyon, it was snowing, but by the time we left, the sun had begun to come out and there was a fresh layer of snow, which some of us might have used in a snowball fight.. Afterwards, we traveled to Flagstaff and enjoyed the Lord with the students from Northern Arizona University. I particularly enjoyed singing together! I may or may not have snapped a guitar string, but nevertheless, it was so watering to enjoy the Lord with other students and realize that we are all growing together in the Lord. Praise Him for His precious body!