Not doin so hot on the “every Friday bit….” June was crazy, so I missed the last two weeks. My bad. But thank you to those of you who got on my case! Didn’t really help me stay up to date, but I was convicted.
Anyway, I was sick last weekend - came down with strep throat. Not sure exactly how, although my guess is that I picked it up from one of my campers. It was awful. Don’t know how many of you have ever had strep throat, but this was my first time, and I absolutely hated it. My throat swelled up like crazy, and it hurt to talk, sing, and eat, which are basically my favorite things to do. [I didn’t even try to play the trombone…]
I also didn’t get to go to work for a couple of days, which drove me CRAZY. I love my job - it’s been a real blessing to me this summer, and although I get pretty tired being a camp counselor, it’s also incredibly uplifting. But that’s the funny bit - but I suppose I’m getting slightly ahead of myself.
Like I said, while it’s AWESOME being a camp counselor, it’s also pretty draining. After 3 full weeks of the job, I was pretty tired. So I was quite looking forward to the extended weekend with the Independence Day holiday, because I found myself wishing for a bit of a break.
God took me a little too seriously, because instead of a 3 day weekend I got a 5 day weekend - with strep throat! Well, okay, I don’t know if God purposefully gave me strep throat so I’d have a longer break from work, but I’ve found that if there’s something you really need, you’ll get it, and often in ways you won’t expect.
Here’s another example - once during youth group, our youth leader challenged us to pray for God to help us in an area of our lives that we felt was keeping us from following Him more closely. I thought, “Ah, what the heck” and prayed that God would help me to stop trying to take control all the time, since that’s what I like to do pretty often.
At any rate, I didn’t think much about it until about a week or so later, when I was attending a leadership training conference. It came to be lunch time, but the clinicians didn’t let us go right away. Instead, they split our very large group in half - one half was blindfolded, and the other half had to help the blindfolded half. Guess which group I was in.
You wouldn’t think it would be that hard to eat lunch without the use of your eyes, but you’d be wrong. First of all I had to walk all the way across the unfamiliar campus to the cafeteria, then navigate carefully between the food and the seating areas, then figure out exactly what I was eating and how much was going towards my mouth. It also didn’t help that the person assisting me was about two feet shorter than I was and not very talkative.
Needless to say it was a most interesting meal. Complete lack of control - not exactly how I expected God to answer my prayer, but that’s how it happened. [I also like to envision him sitting up there laughing His head off at me the whole time.]
There are plenty of examples of this kind of thing - a lot of people I know don’t like to pray for patience, because instead of God giving them more patience, He tests it further than ever before. Now, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to pray for stuff like this, because it’s necessary (and believe it or not, I am a little more well rested after this strep throat incident, and I’m getting better at the control thing). God knows our needs and He knows exactly how to fulfill them - we just need to be prepared, because it won’t be how we think they should be fulfilled. But hey - He knows what He’s doing, and He always will.