Sunday, July 25, 2010

2.10 camp

This past week I was able to go to 2.10 student camp with 180 of the most loving and encouraging students. They made being an 'adult' so easy. I haven't been there since I was a student, which was only four years ago but has felt so long. Three of my close, dear friends were able to be there as well this week, which was just a joy.

2.10 camp is based off of the verse Ephesians 2:10, 'For we are God's masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works which He has planned in advanced for us to live our lives doing'.

Camp. Its always a neat time to see God move and shape the lives of students in such a close-knit manner. But there was something different about this group of kids. Something more genuine. Being able to step back and watch them in worship and family talk time and rec, I noticed how different they seemed than any group I've ever been around, much more mentally focused on the Lord. The older ones love and own the responsibility they have to lead the younger ones. The younger ones are starting to realize their place in their youth group and how the even younger ones than they, are looking up to them even now. They lift each other up. They hold great expectations on one another. They worship freely and honestly. It blew me away. And to be able to take part in it with them was such a blessing.

Jaime, one of my dear friends, and I stayed in the 7th grade girls cabin all week. It was a reality check for my age. I never realized how fun it was to sit and listen to all the things middle school girls think and talk about. Apparently they have bucket lists, they have opinions about plastic surgery, they love their moms, and they really love have 'friend night' at camp with older boys.

One night, I came in a few minutes after they had all gone back to their cabins. I walked in to half of our 7th grade girls sitting atop their bunk beds holding hand and singing praises and praying for one another. It was one of the sweetest and most genuine moments I have ever witnessed. They were for real. They prayed with such fervor. And then they had finished, one of these sweet girls came up to jaime and I and said that we could both join them the next night when they do it again. And they were so very serious.

It was a wonderful week. All of the speakers did phenomenally and spoke to not only the students but the leaders as well. I was reminded of a lot of things this week, but one thing the most. I need to trust. I need to realize that the Creator of this universe has me where He wants me. In His hands. And that is just where I need to be. And that because of that, I don't need to be fearful about things in life. I just don't.

That is all I have for now, it is getting late and my eyes have announced that they are done working for the day.

2 comments:

pammyd said...

You are so wise, baby girl. God has a plan for you (and all of us) - His timing is perfect, even though we don't see it while we are W-AAAAAA-I-T-I-N-G. And He always has a purpose in the waiting, and you were wise enough to see the blessing in the waiting while at camp. And many times there are reasons for the waiting that we may never know on this side - it's just so wonderful and peaceful to know that He holds it all, especially us.

Love you sweetie!

aunt pammy

Anonymous said...

You are RIGHT where you are supposed to be! In His hands, in His timing. I agree with Aunt Pammy. Waiting is the hardest part but so wonderful the way you grow more into Him during that time.
I love you sister.
Mel