October 18, 2014 was the date of my first Collegiate Sabbath experience.
7:30 AM: On Saturday morning, I woke up with a headache and was debating whether I should
attend Collegiate Sabbath since it was an hour and half drive from Ann Arbor. At first, I decided
not to go, but I had this feeling that God impressed me to go. And, looking in retrospect, I am
really glad I listened.
Arriving at Saginaw Valley State University, it was great to see college youth from so many
universities such as MSU, Wayne State, EMU and U of M. In fact, there were students who
drove seven hours from Michigan Tech to worship together. Our speaker was Dr. Chung who
shared with us the impact of his relationship with God on his practice and life. His main message
being that we often make decisions looking through physical eyes instead of through spiritual
eyes. We should base our decisions of where God wants us to be. I also remember Dr. Chung
talking about our closing song, written by Fanny Crosby, whom was blind but wrote over 7,000
hymns. Her response to an inquiry of her blindness really touched me; she said, “If I had a
choice, I would still choose to remain blind…for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be
the face of my blessed Savior.” Even though she couldn’t see with her physical eyes, she was
able to do so with her spiritual eyes.
Lunch was haystacks at the local church in Saginaw. All the church members were very
welcoming and I remember that the assortment of desserts were amazing. We were able to
fellowship with new friends, as well as reconnect with those we hadn’t seen in a long time. I
made a new friend – her name was Nana and she is a freshman at MSU.
The afternoon was devoted to doing outreach at the Saginaw Valley State University. We
were divided into pairs and tasked with spreading GLOW tracks across campus. As it was the
weekend, it was hard to find any people actually in the buildings. Therefore, Marenda and I
pursued a different strategy, placing tracks in classrooms, bathrooms, lounges, mailboxes and
even vending machines. The only people we met were fellow students fliering as well – our joint
effort made me feel like we were part of something bigger, and through this experience we all
were able to use our creativity for God’s work. We were able to distribute over 4,000 GLOW
tracks that afternoon, which we pray will reach the right people.
To close the Sabbath, Dr. Chung left us with a final message: the actions that we make not only
affect ourselves, but the people around us as well. Therefore, in making decisions we should be
aware of the ramifications our actions have, even though we cannot see it with our physical eyes.