"That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil - this is the gift of God." Ecclesiastes 3:13
Oh, the long awaited Reimerstock! 3 days of peace & climbing...and much, much, more. I have been looking forward to this gathering since the inaugural Reimerstock a year ago. And this year's version was even better than before...
After it was all said and done, I thought to myself, "Wow, I just got to enjoy all my favorite things with most of my favorite people." It doesn't get any better...
...but it did. It did on the way home. As we were driving home from Austin, I flashbacked to the quick prayer Jeremy and I prayed the first day of Reimerstock. We asked the Lord for a few things...but most of all, just that he would be honored and glorified through our entire Reimerstock festival. As this prayer crossed my mind, I began to look back on the weekend. I replayed all the things I saw, and was so thankful. And that thankfulness reminded me that this experience only gets better because I get a chance to tell Jesus about it.
What: Reimerstock 2014
When: May 24-26, 2014
Where: Reimer's Ranch, Camp Hardin, Barton Creek Greenbelt
Who: Reyes-Ortiz', Gilbert's, Hendrix's, Moore's, Lee's, Crownover's, Hardin's, Pasquel's
...So my prayer was to honor Him. I hoped to please him with our gathering. I hoped to offer a pleasing gift to Jesus with our serving of one another through family, friendship, fellowship, food, and fun. To take Ecclesiastes and turn the meaningless into the meaningful. To live out:
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
So this is what I am going to do (and bear with me), I am going to do my best to give back to Jesus what he gave to us. I sound like a looney huh? But my heart just wants to package this weekend's memories and offer it as a "THANK YOU...I LOVE YOU TOO!" offering to the Giver of Life! So if you want, please continue to read below...and make this prayer of mine, your prayer too. Usually, these posts are for us...and this one is too...but from this point on, I am speaking directly to my King! I hope you can join me in my thoughts and prayers. (Forgive the literature, sentence structure, etc...my prayers are not quite up to AP English standards)
Then there are the kiddos...They were my favorite part of the weekend. Lord, these kids are awesome. They are full of energy...full of life. They brought so much joy to me this weekend. Lord, these kids make me laugh. They are so stinkin' funny. I love knowing my girls have wonderful cousins and friends that love them so much. Watching them interact is great...and I learn so much about you when I watch them be. They are honest, do not hide their emotions, and express what they need. Although they can be terds, they are our terds...and I am so grateful you have placed each one in my life.
And Lord, though the weekend didn't go quite as planned due to weather. I could have not asked for a better weekend. We got plenty of rain, which the area needs big time...but as you know, it's not conducive to rock climbing. But that's ok, because we still had time to play on rock...and find other things to do that were as much fun. Either way, it didn't matter...because we did it together. That's what this was all about anyways. So they say, when life gives you lemons...you make lemonade! right? Well, we made some sweet, sweet lemonade Lord. And as you know..it looked like this:
...You did this! Look at these faces Lord! Nothing but Joy. Nothing but love. What a feeling I have. And I only hope you feel the same way Jesus. I feel like I'm riding a spiritual high...I hope this is what you desire of us. To be with one another, in spirit...serving each other...pouring into one another...in fellowship...I hope this is a sweet fragrance to you. Lord I hope that we are to you the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15) I hope this weekend pleased you!
So Lord...I want to publicly profess your name! I want the world to know how good you are. I want the world to know you...I want what King David wants everyone to know:
"I will praise you, O Lord, with my FULL HEART; I will tell of all your wonders. i will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High." Psalm 9:1-2
Jesus, I give you Reimerstock. Please take it, I hope I have honored you. I love you.