Just another average Tuesday,
Tuesday we found ourselves 150 feet below the earth’s surface. We spent most of our time in the moist darkness of the sinkhole. We hiked way up on top of a ridge only to descend down 150 into feet into the bottom of a hole. We do not know when this sink hole was discovered or who was the first to venture down into it’s depths, but what fun we had exploring it! As part of the Rock Rescue training ventures are required to know how to rappel and ascend up the ropes. Let me tell you, it is tough work! It’s not quite hand over hand Sylvester Stallone style, but it takes a bit of strength to move the ascenders up over and over again.
Once inside the sinkhole you will find it quite intriguing! The walls are covered with a bright green moss and water slowly trickles down and splashes as it hits a ledge. You’ll see the occasional bat flutter about if you look closely. At the bottom there is a small cave system to explore. We descended further and further in until we reached the last room, which we all squished inside. If we had to guess, we would say we were close to 300 feet below the surface at the end of the caves. As we sat there together in the most quite and dark place imaginable we read Psalm 139 “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, you are there, if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me, if I say, surely darkness shall fall on me, even the night shall be light about me; indeed the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness and the light are both alike to you.”
During the course of this week we also had the students reading a book called “Humility”. As we are in leadership positions here we recognize the importance of growing in humility, and often our lack thereof. We wanted to emphasis this point to the students and encourage them to keep their sights set on Christ. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” “Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness” C J Mahaney.
As we lead, we know that the good that comes from us is God working in and through us. That means we do not take credit for any affect we might have on those we lead. As we look at the end of this year we need to be sure to reflect on the things that God has done and let the glory and the good go to Him. In your sphere of influence, who is recognized? Who gets the Credit?
Please be praying with us these last weeks here. We will be finishing up a study on the Psalms, as well as a Rock Rescue/ Lead Climbing course. Then we will all make our way down to Moab, Utah for our final class. The whole student body with spend time debriefing the year and wrapping up their time together. Thank you Parents for partnering with us in prayer and encouragement for your sons and daughters. We look forward to seeing some of you for graduation.
Adam and Brooke Jordan