Phew! I just spent a wonderful weekend with a group of women at Camp Sagitawa at a Northern Baptist Women's Retreat. I was the guest speaker for the weekend, so now you know why I'm exhausted, but definitely in a good way!
To go along with the theme, I chose the Biblical story of two men walking on the road from Jerusalem to a town called Emmaus shortly after Jesus' crucifixion. (Luke 24: 13 - 35) In it, Cleopas and his friend meet up with Jesus, although they don't realize it's Him at first, and discuss with Him the latest news of the day - namely His own death. Walking through the entire passage, I tried to relate it to our own 'journey' along life's road, weaving in some personal stories and other examples.
In the coming weeks, I hope to post some of the key points from my four sessions at the retreat. Namely, God is with us during our everyday experiences, even when we don't recognize Him; God made each individual unique, therefore we must learn to know, accept and love ourselves in order to be effective in His service; God's agenda isn't the same as our agenda - learning to trust His timing and His plans; and God can use trials and difficulties for His purposes.
The key verse came from Luke 24: 32 - "And they said to one another, 'Were not our hearts burning within us while he was speaking to us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us?'"
Come back and visit for the first segment from my talk 'Life is a Highway' - coming soon!