Hi everybody! Thanks for stopping by my site. Today I want to talk about a time this summer at church camp that God led me out of my comfort zone and how absolutely amazing it was. Church Camp this year was incredible. The Holy Spirit showed up in ways we never could have imagined. In the whole camp we had more than 50 professions of faith. Praise the Lord!
At camp this year I helped in the nurse’s station and led the minute-to-win-it games with my sister at night for the children’s camp. We had three different “camps” going on at the same time, one for children, middle school, and youth. Each age group had their own designated space for worship service three times a day. Because I was helping in the nurse’s station, I was going back and forth between the youth and the children’s services. I got to experience God in so many ways at camp, but one stands out to me the most.
On the third day of camp, I was in the children’s worship service for the afternoon. I danced and helped with the worship then sat in the back, listening to the sermon. At the time of invitation, the pastor called for adults to come up the the front and be available in case any of the children had a decision to make or wanted to pray. I was used to this because this is normal for all of the worship services, no matter the age group. We want the campers to know that we are available if there is anything they want to talk about. What was different for me this service, however, is that I normally do not feel comfortable enough to go down front to pray with someone.
This time, I could feel it in my heart that I needed to go down. It was like God was telling me to go. I realized that He was ready to use me for His will in this service. Even though I was uncomfortable, I still went down to be available for the children. As soon as Brother Rick opened up the invitation, a little boy locked eyes with me. He stood up and walked straight towards me and, before I could even really speak, said “I want to be saved.” Now, keep in mind I knew how to lead someone to the Lord, but had never actually had the opportunity. I prayed real quick for God to speak through me to this young camper that I would be able to help him surrender his life to God and be saved.
The feeling of God speaking through as I connected points I didn’t even know I knew before is unexplainable. I may not have been comfortable with what God was asking me to do, but God knew exactly what He was doing. My heart was so blessed that day as I prayed with him, leading a life to God for the first time. I look back on it now thinking about the story of Jonah. The book of Jonah tells his story.
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.Then the Lordsent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.