Lessons Learned from a Weekend in New Hampshire

By: Chris Perednia, First-Year Student at Gordon College

Being human means always encountering something new and unforeseen, and that is certainly not a bad thing. Whether it be untapped knowledge, undiscovered places, or unique perspectives, there is always something new for us to stumble across. For me, it was the opportunity to get away from the dorm, and experience the White Mountains of New Hampshire this weekend. I was skeptical at first, as I was unsure whether I wanted to sacrifice a weekend of fun, relaxation, and homework for what would seem like a waste of my time. What I ended up gaining from this weekend, was a refreshing outlook upon my faith, and a reminder that I still have much to learn, discover, and grow from.

Being away from technology feels like being separated from the world itself, but in reality, it is the opposite. Instead of looking down at our phones or laptops, we open our eyes to the wonderful and amazing world God has given us. It’s easy to get wrapped up in trivial matters involving social media, but we are really missing out when we limit ourselves to what technology is able to capture.

This weekend I had a nice “workout” and relaxing hike, while experiencing some breathtaking views. It really just makes you appreciate how amazing God is, and how beautiful his creation is, and makes you want to see more of what he has created. I was able to see the land below from the top of Mt. Major, some beautiful lakes, the picturesque backdrop of the mountains, as well as a few beautiful miles of woods near the cabin we stayed in.

IMG_0506I attempted to use the time I was given as an individual away from the group to truly enjoy God’s gift to us in nature, as well as reflect upon my relationship with God and my faith as a whole. Upon embarking upon the beginning of my two hour walk as an individual, I encountered a dog, whom ran up to me with more enthusiasm and energy than I can say I had myself.

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The dog began following me, as well as exploring the near-by landmarks which included an artificial dam, a shed, some stumps, bushes, rocks, and some construction equipment. I noticed how the dog was exploring these objects just as any dog would, but tried comparing this to how a human would treat these landmarks. This dog is very open, and curious, and is eager to discover what the inherent purpose of each thing he discovers is. What is just a stick to me, is a means of exercise and excitement for the dog. I believe that if we each approach life as this dog did, there is no way we could ever lack appreciation for God’s creation, nor should we, as it is ultimately deserving of the attention the dog has given it. This made me realize that maybe I was not as appreciative of God’s creation as I should be, and that if I was to approach nature with as much openness and curiosity as that of this dog, there would be no way I could ever be indifferent to it, and I would truly appreciate it as it should be appreciated.

IMG_0449Another thought that occurred to me while I was standing on top of Mt. Major, was I had never seen this exact view before, and I would probably not see it again. God provides us the ability to see such sights, and sometimes, we do not even take advantage of this fact. I believe as I was looking out upon the mountains of New Hampshire, that I could parallel this to a metaphor for life, as well. Despite the heights we’ve climbed so far, there’s always so much more waiting for us, if all we are willing to do is open our eyes and see it. We may have climbed the mountain, but God has so much more planned for us, and it’s beautiful to see. While we may not yet be able to touch or experience what has been laid out in front of us, all it takes is a little bit of trust, faith, and effort, and soon, we will be able to experience what we previously only looked upon from afar, and its all apart of God’s plan.

More photos from the trip by Torri Plank and Kaelie Mercado

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