My feet hurt, my head aches, my ears are ringing and I have a smile on my face. Vacation Bible School has just finished. Two of my kids are in bed, the other is in bed reading his Bible (seriously, by no prompting from me). I feel the need to celebrate and sit quietly and just thank God for His love and grace during this week.
I also must say that I am proud of Cokesbury. We did the Camp E.D.G.E. VBS from them and they did a great job! The kids were engaged, the theme and stories were great (not a total stretch like some VBS curriculum) and the music was a mix of the VBS specific stuff as well as regular praise music. The kids had so much fun!!!
The best part of it all was Thursday night. We provided an opportunity for kids to respond to what God was saying to them. One boy said God was telling him to stop stealing from the store. One girl said that God was telling her how much He loved her. Three children made a decision to accept Christ as their Savior. Praise God!! All week long, we had children actually worshipping – I could see it in their faces. They were beautifully reflecting their Creator.
I know that God answered my prayers for VBS. I was not praying for the campers. I was praying for the staff. Between kitchen staff and activity leaders and youth help and cabin counselors, we had about a 1 adult to 1 child ratio. We didn’t have the number of kids we were hoping for, but that isn’t important. I saw adults loving Jesus and loving kids. THAT is what is important. I prayed that God would reveal himself in a new way to the staff. I prayed that God would provide them with energy. I prayed that God would give them patience. God provided. The VBS staff was INCREDIBLE!!! Everyone fulfilled their assignments joyfully. The most beautiful thing for me to watch was one of the staff members during worship music. I saw joy, energy and just a whole different, relaxed demeanor that was different than what I usually see on Sunday mornings. I thank God for His love and grace and mercy poured out on the staff.
I know to many, VBS seems like such a hassle. It costs a lot of money and there are a lot of details. I’ll admit – I wasn’t looking forward to it this year. I didn’t feel prepared. I was last minute on many things. I even secretly hoped that school would still be in session and we’d just cancel it this year. God had something WAY BETTER in store! He used my lack of preparation to create a more intimate setting where the adults and kids could just have fun and love each other. Where husbands and wives could serve together. Where families could learn together. Where kids could hear God’s voice.
So now it’s time to clean up, follow-up and make notes for next year. I don’t know what God will have in store for next year. Thankfully, I’m not God and I don’t have to worry about it. I’ll just clean-up, follow-up and collect notes. I do know, however, that God has already been working on it. He knows who will be here. He knows the crafts we will do. He knows the hearts that will be reached.
Are you ready to be a part of what God has in store for VBS 2010???