Friday, October 22, 2010

Ready for Anything!

Be prepared! That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts.

“Be prepared for what?” someone once asked Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.

“Why, for any old thing,” was the reply.

It was this line of thinking that led me to make some big improvements to our SEEDS programs this fall.

The SEEDS programs are environmental education field trips that we conduct for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students every year from September through November. These programs are very popular with teachers in the area, but there’s one catch—rainy days. In the past, a rainy day would mean that the field trip would have to be cancelled; and, with our calendar booked full, there were no days available for rescheduling.

This year we sought to overcome that problem by enhancing the program to include optional indoor activities. Now if we find ourselves in downpour with fifty 4th-graders, we’re prepared. We can simply move the program indoors. I think Baden-Powell would be proud.

In life there are many things that may catch us by surprise. Here at Camp it might be losing power in the middle of a retreat, running short on food just minutes before a meal is to be served, or a staff member becoming ill (All three of these happened just last weekend). But when the unexpected happens, we know that it never catches God by surprise. He knows everything that will happen long before it comes to our attention. And He always has the solution worked out. Our Father is always prepared.

No matter what happens, the Lord is always in control. That gives me peace of mind, and I hope it does for you too.