When you make the decision to push aside your daily responsibilities and surrender yourself to a week in the Appalachian Mountains, you never truly know what to expect. Whether its your first trip or twenty-first, it is safer to expect the unexpected once you start crossing state lines. The showers could be glorified garden hoses, your air bed could spring some holes, your crew could be mostly strangers, it might be 95 all week or thunderstorms. You may be expecting the week to include a lot of construction while you make some new friends or strengthen bonds with old ones. You may even anticipate meeting God once or twice. But if there is one thing I've learned, it's that no matter what you are expecting or hoping for, you will undoubtedly come away with so much more.
Today's daily devotional began with the tag line, "Radical Reversal means living by God's plans, not our own," radical reversal being the theme for the summer. What a fantastic way to get the week started. As both veterans and rookies make our way to Johnson City, TN, (home of Mountain Dew and lyrics of Wagon Wheel) there are emotions ranging from scared or anxious to excited or even joyous, some are more energetic and eager to share and talk than others, and everyone has their own unique expectations for the week. The most important thing as we head towards evening gathering, meeting the other groups, meeting our families, and getting ready to kick off construction on Mosey Monday, is that our expectations and plans are not the ones that matter this week. God has a plan for each of us on this trip and I look forward to us surrendering to those plans and seeing where they take us this week.