What to Write?
My nieces wrote a song called, “The Song I Couldn’t Write.” It’s just what the title says, a song that they had no words for, so that’s what they wrote about. I start this SAND Room writing in much the same way, the SAND Room I Couldn’t Write, because I don’t really know what to write about, other than I just finished a week of Vacation Bible School with the grandkids and it seems I should be writing. We are all home now, and are still wearing our t-shirts. We have crafts sitting around, “medals” made because it was an Olympic theme, and pictures of the classes that were taken. I worked with the 4th grade group, since my granddaughter is in that grade. With her special needs, it just makes it easier for her to have someone close who knows her. Today, on the last day, she did have a meltdown. I just walked her away from the group to sit in the shade, and I prayed for her. Honestly, maybe I needed a small break, too! The cool breeze, and quiet, felt good. We then rejoined the group.
This VBS is huge, with 500 or more children, and over 200 adults and older kids volunteering. It is a well-orchestrated event with worship, crafts, snacks, play, and Bible lessons. It has been prayed over, and prayed over, until God might want to be saying, “I got this!” But our God never minds a prayer. He hears them all. And He did, because it all seemed to go so well. Does everyone, including the children, leave tired? Without a doubt! Was Jesus glorified? It certainly seemed so. The children were taught about who Jesus is, what He did for us, and how we can thank and praise Him. Hopefully, seeds were planted that will last an eternity.
I had not been involved in a VBS for over 30 years. Our oldest is almost 38. It wasn’t my favorite thing to do back then, and it isn’t my favorite thing to do now. I did it this time because I truly sensed God putting it on my heart to be there. As I heard the other day that our faith starts as the size of a mustard seed, and it grows with obedience. This was about simply being obedient. I chuckle as I write that because after sunny days all week, it was sprinkling on the way home today. That could have meant a lot of things to different people, but to me it was God letting me know the mustard seed of faith in Him was being watered.
Searching And Noticing the Divine is stepping out in faith and meeting God along the way. That will look different to everyone. For some, VBS is the best week of the year. For some, like me, it is a step of faith just to be there. Today, just writing when I didn’t know what it would be about, was a step of faith—an easier one for me, granted. Stepping outside our comfy box can be scary. VBS was scary to me. I was afraid of VBS because I knew I couldn’t get other people’s kids to behave, and I don’t like chaos. It turns out God could handle it. My Father in Heaven knew what I didn’t—He just had to have my obedience to show me that—which I’m realizing and will share about in my next SAND Room message. Now I know what to write!
“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as
a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it
will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20 (NIV)