Currently I am on the road, headed back to campus after a week with RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) Summer Conference in Panama City Beach, Florida. It was an awesome week!
Tuesday was my birthday, and I woke up not knowing what to expect. No one really said anything all day, most every interaction I had with the rest of my group was friendly but nonchalant. I tried to hide my disappointment. I hated to seem like an egomaniac, but I was hoping that this would be a bigger deal.
I really did have a good day; I found some beautiful shells on the beach, and went swimming with my friends in the clear, blue water. Yet all day I felt slightly ignored. By the end, during small group time I realized I needed to stop putting my hope in days like my birthday and realize that there are other things to live for and look forward to, like heaven. I even shared this in small group.
Afterwards, the 25 of us in the group from Rice were sitting at the picnic table.
I wondered why we were just waiting around.
All of the sudden, my campus minister and two of my friends came out of nowhere carrying brownies, cookies, and a card signed by everyone. Everyone started singing, and I was absolutely floored. Totally surprised.
I am so blessed. So ridiculously blessed.
The rest of the week was filled with more fellowship, learning, swimming, delicious dinners, and lots of laughter.