Fantastic opening. Ta da.
Today is June 23rd and week one of camp ended yesterday. After a long day of recovering lost sleep and energy, I am now setting out to tell you how I felt about the camps and being a part of it and stuff. Ready? Here it is:
It was fun.
Inspired, right? I really put a lot of thought into that sentence. I started by remembering the thrilling recreational games we played every day. I then reminisced about the creative lessons from all of the classes; everything from cooking to art to drama to Bible class all tied into the main theme of the week. Next, I relived the great selection of songs performed by the worship team in ways that moved you with the Holy Spirit. Following that, I recalled the inspired lessons that followed worship time, which were based off of the verse Matthew 1:23.
Finally, I recalled the campers, and how I had the most enjoyable time getting to know them over the past week, and how I hope and pray that I will get to see them again, at one time or another. Whether it was sitting by them in chapel, or dodging balls thrown by them in rec, or eating with them in the cafeteria, or even spending the entire ride back from the pool praising God by singing worship songs at the top of our lungs, I could feel that everyone involved grew spiritually because of their being there. And in their presence, I felt another presence as well.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means God with us).” - Matthew 1:23.
By the end of the week, I knew that by heart. That was the theme of the week, and I don’t think anyone could have picked a better one. In the end, I know why I had such an enjoyable time over the past five days. Because God was with us.
It was fun. I’m sure that sentence gave the editors a heart attack at first, but I hope they will forgive me for it, because I think it was the only way to accurately describe my feelings for that first week of camp. My only prayer is that God will be that obviously present in the remaining weeks, and that He will bring us all further in our walk with Him because of it.
God bless, and I’ll see you at the end of the ark ride.