Every day at CRC holds the possibility for new adventures, new challenges, and new lessons to be learned. Some adventures, challenges, and learned lessons are joyfully welcomed while others come begrudgingly. A broken water pipe, an ice block jammed bridge, and a propane shortage were all unexpected adventures our staff has embarked on in the last week. It's weeks like this that can test our limits when it seemingly feels like everything is falling apart and going wrong. It's weeks like this when you realize that no matter how much you prepare or train, we control very little at camp and you and I control very little of what happens in life.
The beginning of a New Year brings a sense of new hope and new resolutions but regardless of the year and regardless of the circumstances we will only go as far as God graciously carries us. Most would prefer a year of smooth sailing, no trials, and no tribulations. A life of no struggle though is a life of no growth.
I would have preferred to not walk into the dining hall gushing water from a broken pipe. I would have preferred to not have the bridge flood due to excessive rain and a warm 60 degree day that melted ice in the creek only to leave new ice blocks on the bridge once the water crest. I would have preferred our gas company to not have a propane shortage. Yet all of that happened in a short time frame and our staff is better because of it. We can also give praise because the water damage was minimal, help appeared to clear the bridge of ice and debris, and our propane situation was resolved!
When unplanned circumstances arise it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed and anxious. I believe our seemingly natural response of doubt, panic, and fear ultimately stem from a lack of belief that God is truly sovereign and in supreme control of every aspect our life and every aspect of the world we live in. We know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commands us not to be anxious for he cares for the birds of the sky and the lilies of the field. Will our good father not undoubtedly care for people made in his image? A resounding yes!
As you venture into a young 2018, do not fear. Every day is filled with new grace and mercy form our Heavenly Father. Never too much grace nor never too little. Never too much mercy nor never too little. Yet both freely rain from above like manna for the Israelites. There is only enough for today. Do not be anxious about anything but let tomorrow come tomorrow and enjoy the goodness of the Lord today.
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