This summer, I spent a lot of time at the H. E. Butt Foundation Camp in the Frio Canyon. I dropped into Roundup at Singing Hills and Echo Valley. I visited with families over lunch at Headwaters. I talked with guests at Laity Lodge.
All throughout the Canyon, people were having meaningful experiences—encountering each other and God in deeply meaningful ways.
At the end of one Laity Lodge retreat, a guest said, “What I really felt this weekend was the call to be uncertain, the call to open your eyes and say, ‘I do not have a clue what is going on here,’ and this is such a safe place to do that.” They went on to explain that sometimes we have to be vulnerable in places that are hostile. Sometimes we have to embrace uncertainty in places where we are not safe. This guest said, “The Lodge is uniquely a safe place.”
Another guest at the same retreat was processing some job changes and asking himself, “What is God’s calling on my life?” He shared his concerns with someone who told him, “Your first calling is to your wife and your kids.” The comment helped him get out of his head about his work. He realized that his relationships with his family were far more important than many of the things that he had been worrying about.