10 years ago today was one of the final nights of Camp Judson High School Camp 2010. This was the night of the late night “Blessing Service”…a powerful night of encouragement for both campers and volunteers.
2010 was the year I was Camp Pastor. It was on this night, July 29th, 2010, when I returned around 1:00am to our family cabin with 3 kids fast asleep, Staci sat up in the bed and asked, “How’d it go?”
That week (and the months of preparation leading up to that week) was invigorating! I was exhausted and fired up all at the same time. I had always thought about being Camp Pastor and the week was both harder and more life-giving for me than I ever imagined it could be! I had prepared and was teaching lessons/messages that had eternal significance. I LOVED teaching biology, but I always said that my hope was that my students would learn about LIFE, not just the study of it. For this week, I got to share openly about LIFE and what I believed was the most important part about life.
My answer to Staci’s late night question was something like, “This is it. This is what we are supposed to do.”
I had been restless for years. While knowing that I was impacting students lives every day as a biology teacher, there was something stirring in me for a long time. Until that night, however, what that “something” was had eluded me (or I had been suppressing or ignoring it?!?!).
Although my answer was vague and somewhat ambiguous, Staci understood completely. Her response was, “Finally! I was wondering when you were going to realize it!”
She went on to say that the moment I got up front and started sharing the week’s opening session on the 1st night of camp, she thought, “Oh crap! This is what we are supposed to do!”
She had just been waiting all week for me to come the same realization she had come to days before.
SO MUCH has changed in these last 10 years!
There have been SO MANY transitions…
SO MANY life changes, celebrations, disappointments, losses…
SO MUCH sadness and SO MUCH joy.
10 years later, through all the “peaks and valleys,” we have landed right where, for so many years,
God had been preparing us to land.
We are right where we are supposed to be.
And, just like that week at Camp J 2010, these last 4 years as Pastor at Seeds of Faith have been both harder and more life-giving for me than I ever imagined it could be.
I often say that my story is a story of God’s faithfulness.
He has patiently stuck by me…encouraging and equipping me…
redeeming all my shortcomings and failures…
He has blessed us with a wonderful community and church family that has accepted us and loved us just as we are (warts and all!). We are so thankful!
One of the words that has stuck with me from my 3 semesters of Biblical Hebrew is the word חֵסֵד (checed). That word and it’s definition is one of the few that was immediately and permanently cemented in my memory. Since learning it the first time, I have never needed to look it up.
חֵסֵד is “lovingkindness”
God is GOOD…the very definition of GOOD!
God is FAITHFUL.
God is חֵסֵד!
That’s who God is and who we are called to be for each other in the world today.
Our world today NEEDS a bit more חֵסֵד!