We had youth camp during Spring Break, which was very interesting to both me and Jay. We have always experienced camp during the summer. However, after this year, I think we prefer Spring Break. It’s cooler, generally cheaper, and the kids are able to take the lessons they’ve learned directly to school the next week. It had tons of benefits, and we enjoyed it greatly.
Our speaker was really great. He’s written several books for Living Proof ministries and is a well-known speaker as well. Although he didn’t speak on the camp theme (community), his lessons were very applicable and simple, but still heart-changing.
As we studied Luke, I re-learned some things I had previously forgotten. In the Bible, there’s a story about Jesus and his disciples in a boat. The gist of the story is this: Jesus and His disciples are in a small boat, crossing to the other side of a great sea. A giant storm rolls through, with enough wind and waves to make many think the boat, and its inhabitants, were going down. Water begins to fill the boat, sending even the professional fisherman into a panicked state. The men think they’re perishing…
and Jesus is asleep.
Have you ever felt that way? You’re sure the storms around you are going to capsize your world, and you will drown. You cry out in fear to the Lord, and you hear nothing in return. Where is Jesus? Why is He sleeping when the world is crumbling?
I have heard this story several times, and I always felt like the disciples had a good case. First, many of them spent large amounts of time out on the water. They knew a storm from a storm. Second, water begins to fill the boat. I don’t know if you know much about physics or buoyancy…but a filled boat will sink.
Third, they knew Jesus could fix their situation. They didn’t start jumping out of the boat and trying to swim to safety. They went to Jesus, and woke Him up. “Jesus, we’re perishing!” (Maybe a little dramatic.)
Christ goes up to the deck, and tells the wind and waves to cease.
And they do.
But then, He says to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you not have faith?”
I’m sure the disciples exchanged glances with each other. In their heads, I’m sure their thoughts went something like this:
Why am I afraid? There’s water in the boat, Jesus! You know, for someone who calls Himself the Son of God and the Messiah, you don’t know much about boats! I’m a fisherman. I know boats and water…and too much of the latter is never good in a boat! I can’t believe you’re upset that we were afraid!
But for the first time, I realized something very elementary about the story. In the beginning of the chapter, before the disciples even climbed into the boat, the Bible says:
“That day when evening came, He (Jesus) said to His disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ (Mark 4:35 NIV)
Christ already said they would go to the other side. Meaning…He knew about the storm, He knew about the waves, and He told them they would make it to the other side.
Ohhhh…that’s why Christ said, “Do you not have faith?”
I felt convicted…in a good way. And I thought I’d share…
Here are some pictures from camp. I can’t post ones with the kids yet until we discuss photo waivers. 🙂 Enjoy!