A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of escaping out to camp with one of my favorite female humans, Elaine Scott. We met at LLYC when we were 17 years old and now, 15 years later, we still head back to that place where our souls find true peace.
It was a splendid weekend. We arrived in jeans/sandal weather, worked up a sweat hiking up to Circle Bluff (the official spot of my salvation) in summer clothes, jumped into the river and eventually bundled up by the fire place after a cold front hit, the leaves changing colors every place we looked. We talked. And talked. And talked. It was slow. And quiet. And best of all, my favorite band who seeks Jesus was there, Waterdeep.
I was kind of nervous to talk to them at first, but the Lodge isn’t that big, so you end up eating with just about everyone at some point. And Lanie and I had lunch with Waterdeep (okay, maybe I asked if they wanted to sit with us). A humbler couple I’ve never met. They are legit, the real deal. They hurt, desire, create, parent, and eat just like I do – they are human.. They are about ten years older than me and I’ve always looked up to them.
The weekend was centered around The High Calling (faith in our everyday work). I squeezed in a few writing sessions, which amped me up, but Don and Lori Chaffer really made the weekend. Not only did they lead worship the whole weekend, but they gave an acoustic concert at the Cody Center on Saturday night. I was in the second row, containing my inner-fan nerd. The music was piercing and other-worldly and I didn’t want it to end.
I didn’t want it to end. I didn’t want to ever leave that place and yet I wished my husband had been there with me – as there were a few songs we would have winked at each other about. And how sweet it would have been to kiss my babies goodnight. True, all of it. But I am so grateful to Spencer and his mother for helping me make this weekend possible.
I came home so aware of my blessings and grateful for the miracles I often mistake as obstacles.
Oh, how I long for my children to taste the true peace of our Lord (the only One who doesn’t change) in that place one day.
On another note, did you know that Laity Lodge has a hymn? Me neither. They do. Here it is, if you can make out any of the words!