Friday, August 10, 2018
This week our church building has been consumed with the beautiful sounds of a Rolling River Rampage. That may not be a typical word combination (beautiful and rampage, in particular), but Vacation Bible School is never anything close to typical, for all kinds of beautiful reasons, and this past week proved the rule.
As you’ll see and hear this Sunday, when we have our annual VBS Sunday celebration, Rolling River Rampage was a never-ending invitation to ‘experience the ride of a lifetime with God’. From the daily Rapid Reminder, through Discovery Bay (science), Story Brook (Bible story), R&R Point (super snacks), and our opening and closing sessions with Romper the River Otter, children of all ages, even the adult variety, were held in essential promises of our faith. A far better descript will come from any of the children who attended the week, so by all means, please take a moment or three to sit with them and glean from their wise, wonderful hearts.
Truth is, I didn’t feel ready for VBS. The way this summer has unfolded, my too-often frazzled heart and mind is regularly trying to figure out how to catch up and feel properly engaged again. I have a long list of folks I’d like to see, and I wake many mornings to a mental run-through of places and people I’ve neglected. I don’t say any of that for sympathy. It’s simply the way it is for these present moments, no matter how much I wish it were different.
So enter VBS, ready or not, and enter exactly the right words and right young disciples to help me find strength for the journey – because no matter how many simultaneous directions my head and heart wanted to travel, there is absolutely nothing like the gentle tug of a young one’s hand in mine to pull me back to where we all need to be. Even for a morning, or for a series of mornings in the controlled chaos of VBS, we all need to be immersed in the rolling waters of Isaiah 43:2… “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”
When you pass through the waters of life, you never really know what depths will be before you. But when you live and move and worship in a community such as this, you know that you will never be alone. God is with you. God’s beloved people choose to be with you. From the youngest to the oldest, we are surrounded and held, with a floatation device like no other. May this be the truth that consumes your heart again today, with the beautiful sounds of life in Jesus’ community.
With hope-filled love to you all,
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”