About 5 months before camp, it crossed my mind that I might be asked to go and help again. To be honest, I thought it was a one time thing. I thought that it was a gift from God that I got to experience camp with my three children before one of them went off to teen camp. And I still believe it was a gift, but not a one time thing. So whenever camp would cross my mind for the second year, this was my thought, and I would pray a little about it. Mostly that I would clearly know if God wanted me to go again or not. And I prayed that because this year, if I went, I would have to leave one of my own children behind since he was moving on to teen camp (which is the following week).
So a few months went by and the same thought would cross my mind once in a while. I would pray about it, but no clear answer. And as it got to be a few months before camp, the question was popped by our children’s director… My very best friend who has been going to camp for years asked, “so are you going to camp?” She asked as if she already knew, but I said, “well, I’ve been praying about it, and I’ll keep praying”. I didn’t bring it back up and neither did she. Then it became more official. The person in charge of camp sent me a message asking if I would be able to come. I knew he needed to know in a timely manner, so that night I prayed, full of doubt that this would actually happen.
The next morning, with no clear answer, I thought that I just needed to take action to see if it was even possible, because of leaving my other son behind. So I let my husband know that they asked me back. I explained our dilemma, and asked him what I should do. Immediately, he said, “Oh, you’re going! You said it was one of the best experiences of your life, and we will make it work again!” There was my answer. And don’t get me wrong, I know we can’t just take the word of the next person we ask as God’s voice, but this was. (God often uses my husband to speak to me)
God is always amazing to me. Yes, I believe He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I know that He speaks to us, guides us, gives miracles. But it’s still amazing to me. The reality of His hand in life moves me.
Sometimes it’s hard to know which path to take. This was just one week of my life, but if it wasn’t in God’s will then I didn’t want to go. Any path that we take in life should be based on the guidance of our Father. Sometimes, it’s a “you pick your own way” kind of thing. But life decisions need God’s guidance and direction. One decision can change your entire life.
For me, and this one week a year, God blessed me with the opportunity to experience a little bit of heaven. I’ve had the chance to witness my own children pressing in to God in a way that I don’t ever get to see otherwise. Not to mention all of the children that I get to witness doing the same thing. And not only am I blessed by just experiencing it and being poured into, but I’ve had the opportunity to pour into so many lives in such a short period.
We never know what God really has in store for us, or who He has in our path. It’s so important to seek Him first. So whether it makes sense or not (like in this case for me), God already has the plan laid out. The stepping stones are in place, we just need to follow Him so that we can be used in the perfect ways that He has planned for us.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Lord, thank You for blessing me with Your guidance and Your voice. Thank You for setting things in motion before we ever know the plan, if we ever know the plan. I trust You to take me on this journey of life, wherever you know is best, and always by Your perfect timing. Lord, use me. I’m so thankful for the blessings that you pour into my life, but I ask that You would use me to bless others with all that You have given to me and in all the ways that you have prepared me. I am not my own to choose my own path, but Yours forever. You are good, and I will follow You. Amen
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