The evening before a day can be almost as exciting as the actual day. For example, Christmas and Christmas Eve, New Years and New Years Eve, and of course Hallow’s Eve (more commonly known as Halloween). Yet as I sit here on the eve before I return to civilization (by this I mean Canada/my house), I am overwhelmed at how the last 10 weeks have gone.
It feels as though it has been much longer than 10 weeks. When you put a number like that on, it sounds so much shorter than it felt. I feel as though I’ve lived a year in this span. My days were always full – never empty. I loved and was loved, poured out and was filled up, taught and was taught …
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
– Charles Dickens
I almost lost it today driving away. While it was extremely trying and hard during these weeks, it was also one of the best times I’ve had in my life. Through the hundreds of hissing, complaining, crazy, adorable, annoying, sweet, wise, loud, quiet, fun-loving kids I’ve seen this summer and worked with, I am amazed at the opportunity I have had to impact the kingdom. That I was blessed with the privilege of leading 13 of my girls to Christ this summer is … overwhelming. Just in Storybrook the number of children who accepted Christ almost makes me cry from joy.
Along with these beautiful nuggets of gold I got to love on, there were those whom I worked with. The crazy-loud-get-on-your-nerves-space-unicorn-improving-we-are-same-family group of counsellors I got to work with were so fantastic this year. Weekends were full of adventure, breaks were full of rest and talk, and working was full of experiencing and embracing everything together. We even watched ourselves degrade in our sense of humour until we mirrored that of our campers. You know you’re a Storybrook counsellor when … pet rocks are cool.
And on top of all of this … I learned how to trust God in my daily life. I learned that faith must match knowledge. I learned that true leadership gives others the chance to lead and, instead, serves. I learned more about myself than I cared to know. And I learned, again, that God is a faithful God and that he will hold me tight and never let me go. His plan for my life is good.
He gives strength to those who are tired. He gives power to those who are weak. Even young people become worn out and get tired. Even the best of them trip and fall. But those who trust in the LORD will receive new strength. They will fly on wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.
– Isaiah 40:29-31