4th October 2011
“You are the light of the world. You cannot hide a city that is on a mountain…Let your light shine in front of men. Then they will see the good things you do and will honor your Father Who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14, 16 (NLV)
At the beginning of August, we were in a sheep field on the banks of Loch Lomond at a Christian Youth Activity Camp, and it rained.
We come as volunteer staff every year, and it rains.
Someone asked, “Why do you choose to have S.E.P. here, when you know it’s going to rain?”
1. Because the setting is stunningly beautiful, breathtakingly awesome, and you feel close to God—you want to shout his praise and worship this amazing Creator who made us to appreciate and use and live in his creation.
2. Because we think that God places His Name here—the perfect environment to model Christianity, not only in praise for creation, in friendships and challenges, but learning to model Christianity in adversity. We live in a peaceful country with freedom to worship as we wish. Although we don’t face the poverty and persecution others do, we can learn to still be thankful and cheerful in spite of the rain and mud (the little children in their wellies love being able to stomp in the puddles and squelch in the mud to their hearts’ content!).
3. This is a unique camp. The only permanent structure is the barn, which serves as kitchen, laundry and office. Everything else takes place in tents and marquees, or out-of-doors. It keeps the cost down but it also presents two weeks of adventure and special challenges that forge enduring bonds of friendship. Campers come back year after year, then as staff, and then bring/send their children after them.
Besides, it doesn’t rain all the time!
Great Creator and Father in Heaven, we thank and praise you in plenty and in adversity, as we rise to the challenges of life in this physical body and environment. Please bless and guide us to live wisely in your name.
Study by Nancy Silcox