Has anyone ever invited to a place but you didn’t want to go because of the cost and the feeling of would it be worth it? Take a minute to think. Yes. Maybe. No and ask yourself why you didn’t do so. As for myself, it has occurred multiple of times. I was in this position a few weeks ago. So I’m apart of Intervarsity at my University. I really enjoy and love the people that God has brought together in this fellowship. I have learned and grown so much spiritually in my walk with Christ in these few years being apart of Intervarsity and other organizations on my campus.
Let’s skip straight to the point. So one time during our small girls Bible study group, the leaders of this group kept talking about how they were going to Basileia. I honestly didn’t want to go. See I am a Christian but I don’t get moved to go to every event. I think about it then pray about it. See my friend kep asking me to go and I kept telling her I wasn’t sure and that I’ll think about it. It was costly but of course it’s not in comparison to the price that Jesus paid for us all. So weeks passed and I finally made up my mind on April 16th, 2016 that I was going to Basileia. After registering, I text my friend told her that I registered and she replied with a “Yay. I’ll inform the group”. So of course there was somethings that took place in the course of registration. There was a balance left over because like I mentioned before it was pricy honey but my friend and the leader of Intervarsity at my University held to cover the fees for me to attend this amazing event. Let me tell you, I definitely believe that God wanted me to be here.
So you see, we had to drive to get to our destination just as God sent Jesus to the Earth to perform the work that God needed him to do. My friend drove 5 1/2 hours before we got to Saranac Lake (Upstate New York). So upon arriving there, we had sign in and we were shown where our rooms were located. We shared rooms with the Intervarsity group in Farleigh Dickinson University. All girls of course but the guys lived in another designated area in camp. You name the schools from Columbia University, NYU, Drew University, Montclair State University, Wagner, Julliard, NJIT, FDU, University of Buffalo, Rutgers & many more colleges were there.
I can’t even describe it into words. Absolutely nothing like seeing college students coming together to worship and spend time with God. The amazing thing that I like about this retreat was that during the registration process, we had to pick a track that we were interested in for the retreat. There were different tracks like small group leader, transforming prayer, engaging in God’s World and many more. It was interesting because my friend and I actually registered for the same track but we weren’t in the same group. Even writing about this experience right now brings back so much memories. I really wish it was a 3 weeks retreat or even a month. The retreat began on Saturday May 14th-Thursday May 19th. See when I was there, I barely had any connection. I wasn’t able to reach my family. The time I got connection, I was able to send a text to my family/friends that text me. The text messages included “I hope your alive and well” lol as if I had been gone for a month or something.
Let’s get back to this amazing time with God’s people/retreat. I hope your still on board with me. Please bare with me. This post may be the longest blog post ever. So some of the events that took place included Daily prayer meeting at 8:00am every morning, followed by breakfast, quiet time for an hour then our first session at our selected tracks. After being in our track for 2 hours, we headed to lunch then followed by free time (2 hours). It was beyond amazing. During free time, we were able to go to the lake, to our rooms whether you needed to sleep or read your Bible, that time was for you. After that, we headed out to our second session for our tracks from 4:00pm-6:00. Followed by dinner then evening worship at 7:30. Okay let’s talk about worship for a minute. Let me tell you when the Holy Spirit comes just as it is described in the Books of Acts, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.” I’m telling you nothing like worshipping God. Being at a place where your not distracted about what is going on around you but you are still praying for those around you. I’ll list the songs that were played during all the days at worship. God was in our midst. It was beyond ecstatic being able to see college students put aside what was going on in their lives to come to a place so far away from home just to worship and be the feet of Jesus. There was chapter time which was a time for us to spend with our colleges and to talk about problems and different ways we can make God known in our campuses. It was a special time for us to bond and intercede for one another.
Talking about quiet time, on May 16th, we were given 3 hours for quiet time. Let me tell you. I’m even excited writing about this specifically. So for my quiet time, I went to the lake. If you know me, you’ll know I loveee Nature. Seeing God’s work brings joy to my face. Okay, so a lot took place at the lake. Personally, emotionally and physically. When I was reading the Bible during our first quiet time, something telling me to go to the lake and pray for people who were hurt, depressed and etc. So for me, when we were told that we had a 3 hour quiet time, I went to the lake. I can’t find the words to describe this time with God. I even met this Asian girl at the lake sitting peacefully on a rock. I mean this girl was so still and writing in her journal. After words we sat, spoke prayed for one another and even exchanged numbers. Precious moments that will forever remain in my heart.
My time with God:
So of course, we were there to spend time with God but honey we had a great time. There were different activities that took place including canoeing, kayaking, air ballon, volleyball, soccer and etc.
The sound of the lake and even just staring at it was so peaceful. There was so much that took place but I’ll be here forever writing which I don’t mind but I’m sure you guys are not going to read all that I have written. It’s so long. I couldn’t help it but to share this great, unforgettable experience with you all. Something that was dear to my heart was when I met the girl at the lake. I asked her if we can open our Bibles to our favorite verses so here it is. Her Bible to the left and mine at the right. 😊
So I will leave you with this:
If your wondering, should I go to Basileia or another retreat, pray about it. Talk to your Heavenly Father. Register. Take a step but let God gave his way in it. I’m so glad I went to Basileia, God knows and I’m so thankful for my friend for constantly asking me to go. It will be fun she said. And let me tell you, it was great. #TeamJesus
God is available. God is here. He isn’t dead. He is Alive sitting on the throne and working it out for your good. Don’t lose faith and doubt your God because of the people around you. Maybe God has placed these people around you, so that you can encourage them. By seeing the light in you, they will wonder, search afar but will find nothing but their hearts only longing for God. Know that even when you are not praying, someone is praying for you. Someone’s prayer saved your life and little did you know. This life isn’t easy but never give up. God won’t give up on you so don’t give up on those around you. Love, Forgive and serve others for God’s Glory. Continue to pray and share God’s word, his love with others. The world is hungry but are so unsure of what their hearts longs for. You may be the only Bible they read and the point of contact God will use to bring them into the light.
“You cried when He took away your drop of water, not knowing He’d saved for you , the sea.” – Yasmin Mogahed.
Here are the worship song that were sang at Basileia 2016:
Healer: Kari Jobe
Forever: Kari Jobe
Christ is Enough: Hillsong
Good Good Father: Chris Tomlin
Or Kalley Heiligentha (Absolutely love her version)
Great Are You Lord:
At the Cross: Chris Tomlin
You are Good All the Time.
No Other Name: Freddie Rodriguez
Even So Come: Kristian
Lord I need you: Chris Tomlin
Nothing is Impossible: PlanetShakers
You make me Brave: Bethel
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Yes, let me be honest, I realize that I haven’t been consistent with my blog but I’ll do my very best to be consistent. Thank you for your time. I hope the rest of this week is filled with love, God’s blessings, joy and peace.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” -Psalm 34:8
All Picture Credit: Mine (Karen O.) Stay blessed. 😊🙏🏾✨