There are many great things about camp. There are the random adventures you get to have with your friends, the activities that you cannot do in your everyday life. Then there are the amazing college-age, summer staffers who want to invest in you.
Camp is a fun-filled week when you are exposed to the gospel at all points of the day. The gospel permeates all aspects of camp, and when we go to camp we feel renewed and refreshed. We feel as if God is everywhere, and we cannot escape Him … but then we leave camp.
After returning home, this feeling stays until suddenly something happens and we feel abandoned, that He has left us. I have heard again and again how camp is just not like everyday life.
At Crossings, we affectingly call this the camp spiritual high, and we try to avoid this at all costs. We want everyone who comes to camp to remember this truth; Christ permeates all points of our life, not just at camp.
In Psalm 139: 7-8, David asks God “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” The scripture helps us remember the truth, that God is ALWAYS with us and there is nowhere we can go, nothing that we can do, that He will not know.
As I prepare to live at camp this summer, I am praying that students and adults who come to camp do not see camp as a spiritual high, but instead as another opportunity to know God more. For those who have yet to start a relationship, we want the Lord to change their heart of stone to a heart of flesh and to begin that journey with Him.
Camp is a place where so many wonderful adventures happen. One of those adventures is furthering your relationship (or beginning) your relationship with the Lord. As for today, right now, how should you be pursuing the Lord? Remember, nothing is too big for Him, and there is no place that you are that He is not right there with you.
Rochell Goff is director of children’s programming at Crossings Ministries.