The Contrast of Environments
For 18 days I wore 2 t-shirts, 1 pair of pants, 3 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of underwear, 1 down vest, 1 rain jacket, 1 hoodie, and 1 50 lb backpack. I spent 384 hours without a shower in what felt like 90 degree heat. I spoke to no one but the Lord for 48 hours, and then laughed with my team for another 48 hours. I tasted salt at 236 ft below sea level and felt the air get thin at 11048 above sea level, just two and a half days later. Then, after everything we got dropped into the reality of our world; dropped into one of the busiest, brightest, and most shocking places in the world: Las Vegas. 16 days of silence met 2 and half days of noise. As drastic and unsettling as it was, the Lord was not absent from my heart and mind. I came to the realization that we crave satisfaction through various forms such as food or entertainment. Spending so long in the desert away from all that made me aware of my desires. It was like having your eyes–used to the dark–all of the sudden become engulfed by light.
By the end of the trip I was at ease because I knew when I got back I could satisfy my desire for a shower and a new pair of underwear. But as I looked at the people around Las Vegas and the moments in the wilderness, I found no distinction between the two. Can I truly sacrifice my desires for the Lord sake? Now, I don’t intend to stop changing my underwear for Jesus, but instead, what am I prepared to give up even if I don’t understand why? There is still a lot to process from the trip, some of it not making sense just yet. But I feel comforted by the fact that there is greater satisfaction in the LORD than anything this world can offer.
“Serve the Lord with all your heart and do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty” 1 Samuel 12:20b – 21
“Do not look on his appearance or on his height of his stature – for the Lord sees not as man see; man looks on the outward appearance but the lord looks on the heart.”1 Samuel 16:7b
Chad is a second year student, pursuing his AA in Ministry and Outdoor Leadership. He is from Calgary, Alberta, enjoys rock climbing, slack lining, and white water kayaking.