Seconds after driving onto the campus of Northwestern College in Minneapolis, visitors learn that it’s Jana’s birthday. Or that Zak and Sara are engaged. Milestones and momentous occasions are spray-painted across The Rock.
Then students mailed each of us a replica of our handiwork. A small rock, a miniature of the real thing, sits on my desk at home, painted to look like the real thing in February 2009. Not a day at my desk goes by that I don’t glance over and think about that night, those students, their generosity painted across frozen stone.
I’m not at my desk now. I’m on the floor in some concourse of the Minneapolis airport waiting to board my flight home. Tired and homesick but inspired and impressed again by the generosity of Northwestern’s students – and so thankful they invited me back in September this time.
Pictured above: Me, Ben Stewart (Road Manager), The Rock, Drew (Northwestern Chapel Guy), Micah Watson (Road manager In Training)