So, this is an addendum to the previous post. It is a similar story but I believe it is one worth telling. Because, if we’re all being honest, we have some giants to slay.
We got a new set of campers on Sunday afternoon and honestly I was not happy. I had grown a little more attached to my first group then I had realized and my heart did not want to love this new group. And honestly, I was not giving this group the love they deserved. That is, until Tuesday night.
Every night before the kids go to bed, we have a devo time. It was my turn to lead and I wanted to do the story of David and Goliath. I wanted the kids (and myself) to realize they had power they had never realized. I wanted them to know the God of heaven had their back and whenever something came their way that seemed a little too tall to climb, the had the God of the universe giving them strength. Well, we read the story and I animated it and made it fun for them. I had every eye and every ear. By the end, the kids were on the edge of their seats and we all cheered when David struck down Goliath. It was wonderful night full of adventure and wonder and the kids were excited. And seeing them excited about God and the power he had given them opened my heart to give them the love they deserved.
But, the story gets better.
The next day (Wednesday) we were going on our canoe trip. Before every canoe trip, we head over to the tower to take a leap into the lake. The tower is about 30 feet up and it’s a pretty intimidating jump, not to mention the climb, into the frigid waters of Lake Taneycomo. My campers were terrified.
I had one camper who was particularly scared. His name was Andrew. When he first got to camp, he cried and cried because he was homesick. But, he was still having fun and he was an amazing kid. However, when we got to the tower, it was obvious he was afraid. I climbed up before him and yelled back down at the kids on the dock that today was the day to slay giants. I lept of the tower and met the frigid waters. Climbing back on the dock, I found Andrew standing still looking petrified. I grabbed him by the lifejacket and looked in his eyes and asked him if he was going to slay a giant today. Then I asked him if he knew who was on his side. Who gave him power. He looked at me with determination and said God. Then he looked at me and said, “Jonathan, I am going to slay a giant today.”
He marched up to the tower. Climbed up the tower, never looking down. When he got to the top, he looked over the edge, found my gaze and took a running leap. Andrew jumped higher and farther then any other camper that day. All because he knew God was going to help him slay the giant. Beautiful.
I know this story is similar to the last, but in the previous post, I left out a crucial detail. When it’s time to jump, to slay the giant, God will give the power and authority to do what’s necessary. We are forgiven. We have power. The story in 1 Samuel 17 tells us the battle is already the Lords. We just have to take the time to walk to the battle lines.
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
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Below is John Seay from the last post! Still my favorite Kamper!