This summer has been one of, if not the best of, my life. Being a camp counselor at Deer Creek has been an amazing experience. I’ve discovered so many things about myself, how to deal with other people, how to guide, and I’ve discovered just how much God cares for me. Something that the camp staff is constantly reminded of is to remain flexible. Flexibility at a camp is of the upmost importance because things happen that require change. Sometimes the change is as little as, “lunch is going to be 5 minutes later because the food is not ready.” And sometimes the change is larger than that. Regardless of the size of change, flexibility is required. This summer, through a serious of events, I was asked to be very flexible and step out of my role as counselor and into the role of women’s COR Team director.
Earlier in the summer I was asked to fill this position for a week while the director, Rachel, had a week off for a family vacation. The men’s director was still going to be there, so I would have someone to give me guidance. The week went really well, I greatly enjoyed the challenge it presented and how it grew me. After Rachel returned to camp, I returned to a cabin.
A week went by and I was in a cabin again, this cabin was amazing. I had a camper who was legally blind, and has about 10 degrees of her vision. The way she describes her vision is, “you know how Swiss cheese has holes? Yea, that’s my vision.” This young woman taught me a lot, she taught me not to become comfortable with the things I do every day, like waling to and from the bathhouse. She also taught me to trust people, especially when it’s not easy to see where you’re going [both physically and spiritually.] Overall, it was an amazing week, one that I learned a lot from.
After this week, I was asked to be COR Team director, not because Rachel was stepping down, quite the opposite actually! She was being amazing and super flexible by stepping into the women’s director for all of camp. So, now I am COR Team director, and I love it. Something God has taught me through this is to be 1) flexible, and 2) trusting in Him.
Going into this summer I knew that I would have to rely on God like never before. There is no way that I still have energy after 10 weeks of camp of my own self, rather it is only because of God’s continued grace, love, and promise that He will renew my strength.
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. The truth of this statement is mind blowing. He is good. All the time. Wow. While sometimes life is hard, and situations aren’t what we would wish, God is still good, and His loving forgiveness is always there waiting for us. And even when we think we can’t do it, He is always there, and He sends people into our lives to help us out.
So, while this summer has been different than I thought it was going to be, it’s not my plans, it’s His. I don’t have to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow takes care of itself [Matt. 6:34]. All I have to do is be a willing vessel for whatever God has for me each day. It’s all Him and no me, that’s the way I want it, and the way it should be.
Flexibility in life, and flexibility in our Christian walk is essential. If we think life should go our way, all the time, we are in for a rude awakening. It’s not our time; it’s God’s time. Be flexible, because more than likely your plans and God’s plans don’t line up, if they align at all.
Do you ever find it difficult to be flexible? Have you ever been thrust into a position you didn’t think you were qualified to do, but did it anyways?