After a challenging week filled with long lab reports, spearheading research, and taking 400 level biology exams, it was time to take a breather from science. Thankfully, my household, the Disciples of the Word, went on retreat and I had the opportunity to lead the guys for the weekend.
What better way to take a break than to go canoeing with 15 fellow brothers? We canoed for 14 miles and just marveled in the beautiful nature around us. We laughed and prayed with each other as we went. We even managed to coast for a good bit and that allowed us to do lectio divina, a form of prayer with scripture. We have a pretty big devotion to scripture and that was a particularly memorable part of this retreat. It’s not very often that you get to meditate on the Word of God and be with those who you love… on water! At our camp site, we talked about mediocrity, being lukewarm, and finding freedom from those things that keep us from being the men that we are made to be. In turn, we had a chance to pray and to “wrestle” with God, just as Jacob wrestled God in Genesis 22. Jacob says to God, “I won’t let you go until you bless me” — and this was the cornerstone of our retreat. Seek that blessing, and be blessed! Trust in the mercy of God!
“Fight against weakness that makes you lazy and careless in your spiritual life. Remember that it might well be the beginning of lukewarmness … and in the words of Scripture, God will spit the lukewarm out of his mouth.”
Needless to say, myself and my fellow Disciples came back rejuvenated. I’m ready to jump back into the sciences this week. I am already studying away for my next microbiology exam, running some reactions in the chemistry lab, and writing my next lab report for cell physiology. It’s a busy life, but I love this stuff!
My name is Matt Stewart and I’m a chemistry student. I’m excited to be a student blogger representing the sciences at Franciscan University of Steubenville for this next academic year. Franciscan has provided some pretty incredible opportunities for me the past couple years. I am excited to see what God does with our work, and I look forward to sharing more and keeping you updated.