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I had the pleasure of spending each morning last week with over 140 kids. It was a week filled with laughter, sharing, singing, dancing and love. Love for God. It was VBS (Vacation Bible School) week at our church. It was an amazing site, hearing and seeing all the children singing, dancing and celebrating the love of God!
The theme this year was weird animals and the theme song was All Around the World. I think I fit in perfectly, because I consider myself to be quite weird at times. Actually, we are all a little weird at times. Right? But I think that’s a wonderful thing. It helps keep things from being boring and dull.
Weird can be such a harsh word sometimes though. Maybe a better word to use would be silly, creative, fun, spontaneous or different. I always thought that if you were weird or different you were unwanted by people. Through my childhood and most of my adulthood I thought you had to fit in with everyone else. Being different meant you weren’t included because it made others feel uncomfortable.
Each day of VBS last week the message reminded us that Jesus loves us. Jesus loves us even though we’re different, when we’re left out, when we’re afraid and even when we do something wrong. This is such a beautiful message to be teaching the kids, or anyone.
My favorite day of the week was Friday, because I got to hang out at the snack station, yum, where each group talked about their God sightings for the day. I was able to hear how God revealed Himself to the children. It was so encouraging to hear their child like love for God. Some saw God in the parents who were there to help or the beautiful flowers growing outside. Others witnessed God when a friend helped out another friend. One child witnessed God by hearing someone say ‘Thank you’.
As an adult, I sometimes have a difficult time seeing God in what I do, like laundry, chauffeuring my kids around, paying bills or vacuuming. I wish I had child like love for God like the children of VBS, so I can see God in everything I do. I believe God is there with me always, but sometimes I have a hard time seeing or sensing His presence. I get distracted by the chores of the day, and I forget I am exactly where God wants, doing exactly what He wishes. If by chance I have strayed from the path, and have chosen the wrong task, God still loves me, and has His hand out waiting for me to look to Him so He can guide me back to the path meant for me.
Do you feel like you’ve strayed from the path God has for you? Did you know that it’s never to late to get back to the path God has planned for you? God loves you and wants only what’s best for you. Are you feeling lost or confused about what you’re doing in your life? I know I often do. To help get me back to where I’m meant to be, I spend time alone with God. I explain to Him how I’m feeling and ask for guidance and/or reassurance. Doing this causes my eyes to open to the ‘God sightings’ around me. God is everywhere and always directing us, but we need to make sure we can see, hear and feel this guidance.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for child like love. I pray for the adults of the world to have the heart of a child, who’s loving, slow to judge and quick to forgive, Amen
The last few days I’ve been looking back over the year. At first I thought I hadn’t done anything worth remembering. Since the previous year I gave my husband a kidney, I thought it would be kind of hard to follow that. I had to pull out the calendar to help me remember the past year. This has truly been a year filled with many blessings.
This is my 2013 in a nutshell:
- January ~ I started writing a book & Robert started the Chaplain academy
- February ~ I attended a Women’s Retreat at Bayside Church in Granite Bay
- March ~ I was the speaker for our local MOMSnext group
- April ~ I attended the Revolve Tour with my daughters
- May ~ I became a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) Group Leader
- June ~ Our oldest daughter graduated High School and we took a family trip to Disneyland
- July ~ I helped teach the songs & dances for VBS (Vacation Bible Study) & went to Reno with Robert, alone
- August ~ We had our annual family trip to Tahoe & I started blogging
- September ~ Robert graduated from the Chaplain academy and my daughter & I walked in the Avon Walk, San Francisco
- October ~ A friend and I volunteered at the Women of Faith, Sacramento
- November ~ Robert and I had another trip, alone, to San Diego
- December ~ it’s been a wonderful relaxing time with family & friends
Many of the things listed above I would never have guessed I would have done this year, or any year. I was always afraid to try new things. I was afraid I wouldn’t do it well, or I would some how or another make someone upset for not doing it the way they thought it should be done. My fear was holding me prisoner. My fear was keeping me from doing the things I wanted to do.
Through prayer, I turned all my fears, and desires, to God. I continue to do this regularly too. I make sure God knows my desires and my fears behind them. This way, when an opportunity or situation comes my way, I believe it’s from God. I have faith God will be there with me.
The past few summers I thought the person jumping up and down to the VBS music, teaching the kids the dance moves was the luckiest person there. It looked so fun and I wished I could do it. So when I had the opportunity to help with it last summer I couldn’t say no. I have to tell you, I cannot sing and I do not pick up on dance moves quickly, but I sure did have fun! I’m looking forward to doing it again next year too!
Every week the Pastor of our church recites John 15:5 ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’
I love hearing this each week. It reminds me God doesn’t expect, or want, me to do anything without Him. He wants to be a part of every detail of our life & everything, anything, is possible with God.
So I encourage you. No…..I double dog dare you! Spend some time with God, telling Him your desires and fears. Maybe even write them down. Then pay attention, because next year is going to be an amazing year with God by your side!
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, I thank you for the Holy Spirit which dwells within us. I pray you reveal to each of us your will for the coming year. I pray we each take more quiet time to hear your will and act quickly when we do, Amen