A Birthday in the Backcountry: Summit Social Media Intern Clare Adams Shares a Story About Her Birthday on Course

[dropcap style=’box’]I[/dropcap]didn’t quite know what I was getting into becoming an intern at Summit Adventure. A recent graduate of a private liberal arts university in Rhode Island, I moved to Bass Lake in search of adventure and experience—and that is surely what I have received.

Coming on during Summit’s busiest time of year at the beginning of the summer, I have been faced with some challenges trying to adapt to the surplus of all things unfamiliar. However, it has certainly had its rewards. God has been teaching me the value of getting out of my comfort zone.

I have been learning to radically depend on the Lord and trust in His good and perfect plan.

In July, I was able to be a part of the Focus on the Family Adventures in Fatherhood course over my birthday. It was a day well-spent in God’s creation.

Observing fathers and kids break through comfort zones together made me see the importance of vulnerability in relation to growth. At this time in my life when it is easier for me to build walls, seeing these father-child interactions provided encouragement for me to strive to live in the light and stretch myself so I can grow in deeper relationship with the Lord.

On the course, one of the fathers spoke up about his experience thus far. He took some time to marvel at how great the Lord’s love is for us in comparison to the bond between a parent and a child. It was cool to see a dad giving God the glory through parenting. It made me incredibly grateful for the gift of fatherhood—in terms of my earthly father and my heavenly Father.

A birthday full of reminders, blessings, vulnerability, and love. To Him be all the glory, honor, and praise.

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