I was just drifting off into a peaceful sleep when I suddenly sat up straight in bed. See You At the Pole is tomorrow morning, my mind screamed into my consciousness, and I haven’t prepared anything! I double checked my facts as the fog cleared from my head. Yep, I was scheduled to speak at this student-led prayer gathering at the local high school at 7:20 in the morning; and, somewhere in the midst of my busy week, I had forgotten to prepare any notes.
Before I could panic, however, I felt the Lord
encouraging me to just go back to sleep and trust Him to give me the words to
say. Now, that's a difficult thing for me to do. I like to be prepared anytime I've been invited to speak somewhere. Add to that the fact that my brain can be a little fuzzy first thing in the morning, and you can understand why I was nervous about just going to sleep and trusting that God would provide the message in the morning. But I know the voice of my Father, and so, in obedience, I laid my head back down on the pillow and went to sleep.
The next morning I woke up
feeling great, and, as I prepared to head to the school, God began to clearly reveal
to my spirit what He would have me to say. Later, as the students gathered
around the flagpole for the meeting, I began to recognize some faces. Several
of our summer campers were in the group! When I was introduced, a few of them
called out their greetings to me and waved.
I shared with those students for
the next several minutes about what it means to abide in the presence of Christ.
Afterwards we prayed together and sang a song. Later, as the students were
heading to class, a handful of them stepped up to chat for just a few moments.
I can’t tell you how encouraging it was to me to see those campers boldly
taking a stand for Christ by gathering for prayer in front of their school.
A short time later, as I was
driving back to Camp, I reflected on the faithfulness of God. When I trusted
Him last night, He provided the words I needed to say this morning. On an even
bigger scale, I realized that when I entrust the campers to Him at the end of
the summer, He is faithful to continue that work in them, drawing them deeper
and deeper into an intimate relationship with Him. And He had even given me an
unexpected opportunity to encourage them in that relationship today!
Summer Camp may be over, but the ministry of South
Mountain Christian Camp never ceases. We continue to minister to people of all
ages through our Ropes Courses, SEEDS programs, and weekend retreats. And
sometimes we have these divine appointments to minister in unexpected ways!