So a while back I wrote about this awesome project led by my internet pal Amber… I said YES to leading a retreat with my mom’s best friend at the beginning of October. And I hoped to get a post about it up before the end of the October link-up… But when I got back, I was just SO tired. So, here it is… One month late.
AND the prompt for today’s thankful project is AN EXPERIENCE! So I get to combine TWO blog posts! WIN.
The retreat started several days before we actually stepped onto the grounds of Camp Kirkwood. We had a coach’s meeting on Monday, and a prayer vigil on Thursday to go over plans for the weekend and pray that the Lord would be present throughout the weekend.
We listened to talks from various speakers throughout the weekend on topics ranging from dating to life purpose. There were small group discussions and activities to help us reflect on what we had listened to. I had a great group of girls ranging in age from 13 to 18.
While we did not have the greatest weekend in terms of weather (Tricia and I got stuck sitting in a canoe in the middle of the lake while it poured down rain), I could really feel the Lord’s presence all weekend. My role there was really just to be a facilitator, but I ended up learning more than I could have anticipated. And to think I hesitated to say YES.
Something strange and freaky happened to me on the last night/morning. Somehow during my fitful night of sleep, I managed to have a dream that a lion was chasing me. I woke up, shrugged it off as a bizarre dream, and got ready for the day. I stopped by the prayer tent on my way to breakfast to just have someone pray over me.
I sat down and asked them to pray for some guidance in my life. They sat for a moment of reflection, and then one of them spoke. He said that he kept seeing a lion running. Chills went down my spine as I recalled the dream from the night before. I thought about the lion for the rest of the day. And when I got home, I searched online for what it meant to see a lion in your dream.
To see a lion in your dream symbolizes great strength, courage, aggression and power. You will overcome some of your emotional difficulties. As king of the jungle, the lion also represents dignity, royalty, leadership, pride and domination. You have much influence over others. You also need to exercise some restraint in your own personal and social life. Alternatively, a lion represents your need for control over others. You have to be in charge.
To dream that you are attacked by a lion suggests that a force may be driving you to self-destruction. You need to overcome these challenges and obstacles.
So for the last month, I’ve been reflecting on courage, and any emotional difficulties I may face. I’ve been trying to be less critical of myself, and I’m finding myself the happiest I’ve been in a long time. I’m re-learning my likes and dislikes. I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone bit by bit and seeing what else is out there. And to think I hesitated to say YES.