Reflection by Sam Halligan (Junior at Benedictine College)
A week before spring break, I didn't have a plan for what I was going to do...zero...zilch...nada. Little did I know what the Lord had in store for me; one of the Saint Paul's Outreach Missionaries texted me a week before break and asked me if I wanted to go to Zion National Park in Utah with a smaller group of men, and I was like, "Sure, why not...I like the outdoors?" and the Lord used that small "yes", and worked with it.
After I said yes, I was promptly asked to lead and plan the trip (which was a whole adventure in and of itself). I planned the trip and had everything laid out, and as is par for the course of my life...nothing went as planned. You know what they say, "If you want to make the Lord laugh, tell Him your plans". Everything turned into an adventure, whether it was the 20-hour car ride out to Utah from Atchison, hiking one of the twenty deadliest hikes in the world, being confronted by a man of questionable insanity asking us if we wanted to join his army and start a war, or camping in the wilderness (3 miles from the closest road, where we saw maybe 10 people around us all week).
During this whole time of adventure, one thing remained clear all week; the Lord brought myself, and my brothers, on an adventure in order to encounter the Lord in creation, much like in Matthew 17:1-9 (the Transfiguration). During this time in Zion, I felt like Peter, James, and John ascending the mountain with Jesus. He revealed Himself to me in a beautiful way through the natural world, and much like the beloved disciples, I didn't want to leave.
I think what the Lord really wanted to reveal to me is that I don;t have to be on a cliff overlooking a 2,000 foot drop on either side to be adventurous; the Lord has a great adventure planned for my life. All He requires is a small "yes" to get our of the boat of comfort and come to Him on the water. In the words of the great, late, pontiff, Saint John Paul the Great, "Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure."