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May 2, 2011, 9:45 AM

Need a Hurricane?


I am so sleepy this morning! Just got back from a week of youth camp at Alto Frio, and am feeling the desperate need for some rest! However, thought I'd share some observations from camp:

1)  Camp showers are small. Really small. And the water pressure is like a slight rain shower. Not to mention that getting into a shower just used by 15 teenage boys is not so sanitary!

2) Camp beds are not comfortable. I'm not looking for the Ritz or anything, but I mean can't we at least get something that will cushion the plywood we're sleeping on?

3) Camp food is bad. Anytime you go to camp and they serve "Salsbury Steak," be afraid, be very afraid!

4) Camp spirituality seemed kind of low. I'm not talking about the level of passion, or emotion, or committment. What I am referring to is the level of openness to the Holy Spirit to do what it wants with our lives and us holding nothing back. Kids and sponsors were really into worshipping the worship, and cheering the rec, but going deep and opening themselves to the Spirit? Not so much. We're called to let the Holy Spirit have free reign in our lives and to change us, but all too often spiritually we want to do what we want when we want to and just leave the Holy Spirit out of it.  That's why I was so glad when the camp worship leader Jimmy Needham  started off worship one night by talking to the kids. He said that we often desire God to be comforter and friend and peace-bringer in our lives, and that's all ok, but that we really need more. That we need God to get to the core of us and tear us down until all that we've built up and made of our lives spiritually gets torn down and is replaced with what He desires for us. So with that in mind he'd written a song called "Hurricane," and some of the lyrics go like this.

"I need you like a hurricane, thunder crashing wind and rain, to tear my walls down. I'm only yours now. I need you like a burning flame, wild fire untamed, to burn these walls down, I'm only yours now, I'm only yours now."

Wow. That's what I want. God to rip through my life like a hurricane, tearing down all the things I build up that don't agree with what He wants for me, and leaves me only His. Not easy, not pleasant, but necessary for me to know and love and serve my God the way He wants me to, and in my deepest heart I want to. God, I need you like a hurricane!!!!

So there you go, my observations from camp. Think about serving God by going as a sponsor next year, it's worth it! And maybe between now and then, you could think about praying a bold prayer, and opening your life up so God can tear through it like a hurricane so that you could really be fulfilled and know Him. Meanwhile, I think I'm going to try and hunt up some Salsbury Steak somewhere. 

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