Wednesday, 26 July 2017

LOCATION: Desert Road

There is nothing better in life than a good roadie with your closest friends. Last week six of us packed up our bags, loaded one of the church vans and headed on our way over to Wellington for Arise Conference 2017. We were expectant for a week of adventure, fun and to experience a fresh touch from God. Our excitement levels were at 100 and we were so ready for a week away from everyday life - no rules, no adults, just us and God. Nothing but absolute bliss. 

In amongst the excitement however were the distant recollections of weather warnings, closed roads and the "What if something happens to us on the way over?" thoughts. The week prior had been full of torrential rain, heavy wind, snow and closed roads for little old New Zealand. We had been praying that everything would have cleared up by the time we were supposed to embark on our journey and as excited as we were for what was to come, that excitement was also met with a whole lotta nerves.

But we believed God would make a way for us to get where we needed to go and He did just that.

"SNOOOOWW!" is all I remember hearing as Brodie's excitement came bubbling out of him. The mere sight of the soft white frosting covering Desert Road put the biggest smile not only on his face but all of ours. 

The dreaded desert road that we'd been anxiously anticipating the whole ride over to the bottom of the North Island suddenly turned from "Let's get this over and done with and hope we don't die." to "Park the dang van ASAP, I need to jump into the icy goodness next to the road."

Brodie, not being able to contain his excitement any longer was obviously the first to jump out into the cold. Boy was it hilarious. He had a cheesy grin spread across his face like he was a kid at an amusement park. As he stuck his bare hands into the cold to form a snowball the rest of us piled out into the snow to join in on the fun.

As Brodie jumped forward to take a step into a bigger pile of snow, the patch he took a step into was a lot deeper than he first anticipated and his feet sunk down to his ankles leading him to let out a shriek.

"I've got wet in my shoes." was the only thing that came out his mouth. It left us all in hysterics as he paused to figure out what he'd actually said.

It was ice cold but beautiful. Our feet sank into the ground but out footprints looked awesome. Our hands froze when it touched the ice but throwing snowballs at each other as we watched cars zoom by was the most fun I've had in a while.

It was magnificent.

I love snow.

God took our nerves and anxiety and turned it into something far more fun and exciting than we ever would have guessed. Never underestimate the fact that God will always make a way for you.

XO, Danielle

PS: All of these photographs were shot by one of my good friends Jeremy Jacob, to check out more of his work just click on his name and you'll be directed to his insta!


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