epic summer camp: homesick
i love camp. it was at camp that i heard the call of Christ and began my walk with Jesus…its been at camp that ive had the honor to walk with young men as they first made commitments to Jesus…and its been at camp that i have had the privilege to document the work of the Holy Spirit as He worked and moved in the lives of the leaders & counselors as they shared their lives with jr and sr hi students over the years.
ive lost track of how many times ive been to camp…but every camp experience is different and God never ceases to amaze me as i get to witness His Grace and Mercy in action!
there was a young man, he looked like he might be going into his freshman year…not sure. i saw him several times crying…someone said he was homesick…for the sake of this post lets say he was.
as i watched, i was impressed by how many of his fellow students came to comfort him. the idea of being homesick stuck with me the rest of the weekend.
this wasnt the first time ive seen kids be “homesick,” it happens fairly frequently. why it made an impression on me more this time i dont really know why… what i do know is what God revealed to me.
i like the photos above because it reminds me that i need to remember who i am in God. i am a child of God. no matter what comes my way, my Dad is still in charge and right there beside me. and i need to remember that as fun as camp can be and as adventurous as life is, with God…i am just a visitor here. this is my temporary home (to steal a line from carrie underwood). and maybe i need to be more homesick.
as i really thought about the concept of being homesick, what comes to mind is a desire to be somewhere where we belong, a place of safety. it really is a better place. as followers of Christ, our home is in Heaven, with Jesus. i think sometimes we get to comfortable here on earth. as if this is all there is, this is as good as it gets. we know this isnt true from God’s Word, and that whats to come is much better, philippians 1:21 to live is Christ and to die is gain.
luke 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.
our love for God and our desire to be with Him, must be so great that it looks like we hate everything else in comparison.
when was the last time you were homesick?