A year ago today, I climbed into my completely packed Honda Civic and drove away from everything that was familiar and all that I called home. I left with a wet face and heavy heart, grieved to say final goodbyes to my dear people that I had grown to know and love deeply.
As I drove down the road, the only confidence I felt came from the assurance that the Lord of my life had called me to Life Action Ministries and had provided everything I needed to embark on this life changing adventure.
Since that day, God has worked in incredible ways to not only provide but guide and care for me in unique ways. He has proven Himself faithful time and time again to care for my every need and to firmly establish the work of my hands.
A year ago today, I faced the uncertainty of a very intense summer working at a camp I knew very little about. I was concerned with what my role would look like, how I was going to wrap my mind around the huge gears of this incredibly complex machine called summer family camp. Everything felt huge and overwhelming. I needed to learn to rest in the ever faithful provision of my King and Savior.
Now, a year later, I’m confident in the role I’ve been given, have a decent working knowledge of the complexities of camp, and eagerly look forward to another summer of intense ministry. However, as the days draw closer to our camp exploding with guests and volunteers, I’m quickly realizing that I still desperately need to learn to rest in God’s gracious provision.
A year ago today, I was anxious out of uncertainty. Today, I battle anxiousness out of knowledge. I know what it will take to make this summer happen and my role(s) and responsibilities are only increasing. And I’m aware of how much work is still left to be done. It is easy to look at all the work in despair knowing that I and the team here at Life Action Camp are all small, limited, and weak human beings.
How thankful I am for our faithful God!
As circumstances and needs vary, our deepest need and our greatest Need-Meeter never change. He always proves faithful. He always comes through. He has made it plain that He is in the work we are doing here and we can rest in Him to accomplish more than we could ever think or imagine! As Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Th. 5:24).
As I reflect on a year ago today, I am reminded that my confidence still rests in the One who holds all things together. What have I to fear? What have I to be anxious about? Our great God has been faithfully establishing the work of our hands (Ps 90:17) and it is only in Him that we will continue on into completion. He is trustworthy to provide all that we need.