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Jul 01, 2016

He Has the Whole World in His Hands

Camp Loucon’s theme for the summer is “Fearless Faith”.  This topic has spurred many good discussions throughout these past few weeks.  Naturally, campers have been sharing with us about their fears; they’ve expressed their fears of spiders, public speaking, or being alone.  Sometimes our fears overtake our mind to the point where we no longer put our trust in God, but we let worry and doubt take over. 

This is how faith can overpower fear: trusting in our God.  Faith is trusting and believing that God is who He says he is: the Almighty God and Creator of the world.  When we come to a point where we truly believe these things about God, then there is no room for fear.  Faith is all that is left.  This is a message we want campers to recognize this summer, that our God is all-powerful and loves us unconditionally.  And because of this, we do not have to fear the things of this world, because we can give those things to God.

An adventure staff member, Rachel, told me a story the other day about a moment on the rappel tower here at Loucon.  Rachel was facilitating the rappel and had a memorable moment with a camper when she climbed the stairs to the top of the tower.  The camper was the last one of the group to get to the top, and when she arrived at the top she said, “I’ve always made it this far, but I’m not going to go any farther.”  Rachel asked her if she felt like she had stretched out of her comfort zone, and the camper responded with a  “no”.  At camp, we really encourage campers to step out of their comfort zone and go as far as they can.  Therefore, Rachel asked her to stretch by just taking the position as if she was going to rappel down the wall. 

After the camper took the position, Rachel noticed tears in her eyes from this overwhelming fear.  The camper said she wanted to do it, but she was so scared and also frustrated, because she couldn’t conquer this fear of rappel.  Rachel was filled with compassion for the girl and felt led to ask if she could pray for her.  The camper agreed, and all three adventure staff that were at the top of the rappel tower held her hand and prayed that she would experience God’s peace in a new way at that moment.  They prayed that she would always know that God holds her and is safe, not only at this rappel tower but also in life.

Almost immediately, Rachel noticed a change in the camper.  She wanted to do it, and she had a new confidence about her.  Her hands were still kind of shaking and the fear was there, but she had faith enough to go down the wall and overpower her fear.  Then the moment came to go down the wall.  Not only did she rappel, but she did really well!  Once she made it to the bottom, she looked to the top of the rappel tower at Rachel and the other staff, and yelled while throwing up a victory punch to the sky, “SO safe!” 

Rachel knew that when the camper was crying in her fear beforehand, that nothing she could say or do would help the camper feel better about going down that wall.  Rachel got the vibe that she didn’t need to hear all the facts about how physically safe it was, but instead she needed prayer.  She needed to be reminded of the beautiful truth that with God we are held and safe.  In the Bible it says that nothing can separate us, as believers, from Christ’s love.

Romans 8:28 -- “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 Maybe we need that same reminder today: that God always has us in His hands and that nothing can take away the love He has for us.  Whether it is rappelling down Moss Tower at Camp Loucon or entering a new chapter of life, God’s comfort, love, and light can always be with us.

 

Christina Faulls

Multimedia Intern

Camp Loucon

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