by Aubrey Gard Recently, the Market Colors team hit the road and got in touch with our adventurous side on our first camping trip! We believe that each of us contributes something unique to this team, and the Lord blessed our time together by letting us get to know each other and revealing ways in which we can serve each other.
Although we packed our cars to the brim with things to sustain us, God had so much more in store for us as we finally reached Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine. Some of us set up the tents, while Allee and Lizzie began the process of starting our first fire so we could prepare our hotdogs, as well as veggie burgers for Beverly and Grace.
After dinner, we took a short walk to the beach, just in time for the sunset. We spent time at the water, taking photos and making videos. The walk back to the camp site led us up a dock that ironically looked like Africa! Lizzie then shared with us how important her relationship with the Lord is to her, and about some of the personal difficulties she faced when starting Market Colors. Some of those difficulties made her feel inadequate. Lizzie shared that God says we are all worthy and able and that this truth can diminish our inadequacies. S’mores came next, and we talked and laughed until we couldn’t sit up anymore and made our way to our tents for the night.
In the morning, we made breakfast burritos and ate while Robyn led us in a devotional, followed by an hour of quiet time. We all were able to share our struggles, plus God’s redemptive truths with each other. Then we headed for the beach with watermelon and snacks, and spent several hours lounging in the sun. We were sad when it was time to pack up and go home, but grateful for the time the Lord provided for us. We were so happy to have had the time away from the office to learn about each other and make memories. If only we could take a Market Colors retreat every weekend!