This morning at breakfast I asked the campers to be on the lookout for the incredible stories from the day. We feel like that is one of the great gifts of Camp….developing a vision to see beauty and good in the world. That kind of vision is very counter-cultural. Sarcasm and cynicism can permeate.
Camp presents a great opportunity to develop new eyes. It is difficult to miss it surrounded by the beauty of this place. Tonight the evening light was nothing less than magical. The swallows put on their standard extraordinary performance, sweeping and diving towards the lake surface, barely breaking it as they skimmed off tiny insects.
Yet, it is very possible to still miss it. I certainly do sometimes.
Fortunately, we do not primarily rely on the physical beauty of this place to develop our vision for the world. This evening at dinner two campers volunteered to share remarkable stories from the day. Carson explained how he witnessed his cabin mate from Cabin 29 approach a younger camper in Bear Camp during free swim. The Bear Camper seemed a little lost as he could not find a “buddy” to swim with. The camper from Cabin 27 suggested to the younger camper that they team up and swim together. In front of all of his peers, Carson bravely recognized this as a remarkable moment that he had witnessed.
The second camper, Bobby from Cabin 12, noted how his brother had felt sick the night before. Bobby and some of the other campers decided to pray for healing for his brother. After all, they had learned that God can heal. The next day Bobby’s brother was doing much better and they credited it to God’s healing power.
I find it interesting that in Genesis 1 the pronouncement of Creation’s goodness is tied to God seeing it as good. Five times we hear, “and God saw that it was good” (emphasis added). It’s as if the seeing was a vital part of the creating.
There is no doubt that getting to the top of the climbing wall or rolling a kayak can be a remarkable feat. However, I love that we are cultivating a culture here at Camp that sees acts of faith, hope, and especially love, and calls them the greatest. I believe it will result in those things becoming more and more real for us and our world.
Inspired to be at Camp,
Tonight’s Scripture: Jesus Feeds 5,000 People
Story: Matthew 14:13-21
+ Where do you see yourself in the story?
+ What’s the good news?