Most of us don’t like to wonder what is going on, we like to know. Ambiguity gives life a burdensome quality when we have to live in it for a while. It leaves us feeling weary. It seems that no definitive end grows the fear we hold for our families, churches, businesses, communities, and even our world. Psalm 46 says:
1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Times of trouble catch our attention. No matter how busy we have become and how distant our thoughts have strayed from God we are suddenly reminded that we are small and in need. Our need for refuge and strength is met by a big God who is ever-present. Those who are faithful aren’t immune to falling mountains or roaring waters but we are blessed to know the peace that comes from slowing down and knowing who God is.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Deliverance from our anxiety or unease does not grant permission to fall back into dissonance with the one who provides the comfort. Certainly, in our weariness, we are reminded of our need for reconciliation with the Most High. Hopefully, our remembrance and gratefulness renews our zeal for what is truly important in our lives. That is the legacy we want to leave for the next generation and it must be adequately invested in today.
Camp Caudle exists to guide young people on the adventure of living for Christ. We provide a place where people can escape the noise of life and connect with God. We provide what many have been forced into during this pandemic…time set apart, but time by itself is not fruitful. Here at camp, time set apart is accompanied by focus on God and his scripture. It is ironic and unfortunate that we had to cancel summer sessions when many are in need. Truth is, we are always in need of this place. A sanctified space where we gain or regain confidence in one who provides our refuge and strength.