By Debra Whittington: Quay County Sun columnist
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
I am not as young as I used to be. This was an earth shattering realization I made after almost a week at Kid’s Camp last month. I could think of other analogies such as “the old gray mare isn’t what she used to be” and many more as I fell into bed every night.
When Mark and I were asked to go along, both of us hesitated even though we were told we were desperately needed. There were more children signed up to go than originally anticipated and more adults were needed, especially men to stay with the boys. In addition, Mark was needed to drive the bus to and from camp.
Inwardly I dug in my heels determined not to go. I had all types of excuses not to go, especially with my chronic health problems. I knew I couldn’t stay out in the hot sun because I would get sick. I also knew I didn’t have the energy to keep going all day.
I was assured I could rest anytime I needed.
Mark and I agreed to pray about it and give an answer the following morning. It was only two days before camp and they needed an answer right away.
We prayed together for guidance and then didn’t say another thing about it anymore that evening.
I prayed that night before I went to bed, asking for wisdom. I asked the Lord to show me a clear sign if I were supposed to go. During the night, I woke up several times and prayed. The selfish part of me was sure there was no way I could go and I thought how I would tell them t hey would have to find someone else. I thought of ways to encourage Mark to go without me if he felt led to go.
The next morning during breakfast, Mark asked if I received an answer to my prayers. I told him that I wanted to hear his answer first. “I think we both should go”, he stated. “I’m sure we can work everything out so you can get the rest you need,” he concluded.
At that moment, I knew we were indeed supposed to go and I reluctantly agreed. I asked him to pray that I would have the strength I needed to keep going for the week.
We spent some time praying together and I immediately had peace of mind. I knew that God would supply all my needs for the week.
Another passage that meant a great deal to me was 2 Corinthians: 12: 9-10 which promises, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness… for when I am weak, then am I strong”.
As Mark climbed on the bus the day we left, he asked jokingly, “Is it over yet?” That became his question of the day throughout the week. Still, he was willing to do whatever needed to be done.
The days were full of activities including Bible study, crafts, games, and swimming. While I couldn’t keep up with the group, I was amazed at how much I could do. One of my jobs was to take pictures of many of the activities. With my digital camera, I took over 600 pictures during the week.
Every morning, I prayed for strength just for that day.
Every night, I thanked the Lord for the strength he provided that day. There were times I felt sorry for myself when I had to sit down and rest. Suddenly, I would stop and thank the Lord for all I was able to do. It was much more than I could ever imagine.
There were many highlights for the week. It was wonderful to see how the children and the adults grew closer together. It was wonderful seeing everyone work together.
However there is one thing that stands out from everything else. During the week, three children accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Three more souls bound for heaven makes the whole week worth it all.
Would I go to Kid’s Camp again? It all depends whether or not the Lord calls me to go again. Still, it was a week of miracles ranging from the children who accepted Christ to the miracle of my health that allowed me to participate in the week.
There were many lessons learned that week. For me, it was the realization that if God calls you to do something, He will provide all your needs to carry out the task. All He needs is for us to be willing to take that first step of obedience.