I am still looking for a box to put my reminders in but will get there! I decided to start writing down the things the Lord has done because I do not want to forget them! It is so easy to slip into forgetfulness of what I am waiting for and begin to doubt what God can do...but when I take the time to look back...I begin to remember, there is nothing He cannot do!
You can see the Window on the left of this photo
So day 1 we started hiking and chatting and praying as always, it is a day filled with excitement. Kids were pumped to be backpacking, blisters had not started yet and the clouds made the day not too hot. As we began to get to know the kids, we noticed that for some, their faith seems to be a bit of a veneer, more something owned by their parents than something of their own. We started to pray that God would do whatever it takes to make himself real to them during the week. Day 2, those clouds that were so great began to cause rain...and wind...and lightening. So we hiked as far as the base of the climb to the Window and hunkered down in our tents to dry out for the night.
On the morning of day 3 we awoke to thunder...not a good sign. Then it began to hail...also not a good sign. So we gather together and talked and prayed and decided to wait another hour. In that hour, the weather cleared a bit but then would get worse again. Finally, we decided that we may get soggy but we had to cross the Window and that we may as well start. So the wet socks went into the wet boots and the other guide and I went into full pump up the campers mode (i.e. it makes your boots happy to be wet, that's what they were made for! Pain is just weakness leaving the body! We get to be a team and encourage each other!) all the while, we were sticking our wet feet in our wet boots ...and praying for sun.
So we start slowly slogging up the steep slope towards the Window...black clouds swirling above us. About 100 feet below the window we look up, just as lightening strikes the window! Ok...so I was alright with rain and wind and swirly dark clouds, but lightening, in the Window???? We told the kids to take a break and the leaders all huddled again to talk and pray. We all felt like we were supposed to move forward and attempt the window. We explained this to the kids and they agreed so we started on our way.
I remember that everything seemed to go in slow motion as we got closer. I remember hearing the clicking of the metal of the carabiners on my pack...and I remember the peace of feeling like God was there. We inched our way closer, held our breathe, and stepped into the Window...and I am not kidding you...
...the clouds parted, rays of sunlight poured down and lit up the entire path in front of us! We whooped and giggled and cheered as we danced our way down the other side of the mountain praising God for what He had done. You know what we worried most about for the rest of the trip? Sunburn.
I have the tesitmonies of the kids from that trip on video (a video crew was with us to do a promo)...each and every one of them talked of how that experience forever changed their relationship with God. They talked (may through tears) of how real He had become, how amazing His love was and how they wanted to live their life purely for Him. All because of how the Lord had met them in that Window.
The first thing in my Memorial Box???? One of my old carabiners that clicked during the lightening strikes :)