Lessons from a Backpack Trip
Pretty well right when we get to Camp Bighorn we head out for a leadership class and a backpacking trip. So we get a day or two under a roof here at camp and then we sleep under tarps in the wilderness for something like eight or nine nights. It was a pretty intense time for me and I’ve been slowly learning about why that was so; and I’m still learning, but there are a few things I think I can say that I’ve learned so far.
One thing that I learned about people in general is that we need other people. God made us to be in relationships, and we need relationships to grow. Over this past summer I spent a lot of time by myself and struggling through questions and issues by myself. I wasn’t really moving anywhere in that place. Then I did the backpacking trip where I was in constant contact with seven other people for nine days straight. It was uncomfortable for me but it affirmed something that a teacher of mine had told me: without community you won’t go anywhere, it is really easy to lose sight of truth when you are the only one showing yourself truth. So that is something I learned about me and people in general, but there was definitely something I also learned about God himself while on the backpacking trip.
Well, maybe I did not learn so much as I was just reminded. I had a lot of chances to just stare at a pretty beautiful landscape and it just hit me, that God isn’t in a hurry. Watching the mountains and trees and lakes just brought a feeling that God is not anxious or hurried. He is big enough and powerful enough to take his time. I suppose he made time so he can take as much of it as he wants.
Seth is from Saskatoon, SK. He has discovered an enjoyment of rock climbing in his first year here with Explore and he enjoys taking time for jam sessions with a guitar in the lodge.