I have started a draft for this blog three different times. Needless to say, I have many thoughts after my two days at Kids Camp. I could tell you about the medical visits or the trip to the Children’s Museum. Or I could share about the joy that came from water day and the Easter celebration.
But none of that seems sufficient to share about my two days at Kids Camp.
It’s true the two days I spent at camp were action packed and fun. I have several sweet pictures to prove it! But I left with a deep impression on my heart that I can’t quite shake.
I’m often tempted to long for comfort and ease. I want to be faithful and obedient to the leading of the Lord, but I desire for it to be easy. If you’re a follower of Christ you know that often isn’t the case. I find myself having to remind myself over and over that this life is not about me, my comfort, or having an easy peasy life. Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew remind me of that.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Loving orphaned children seems like something that should simply come natural to us. And the desire does. But the reality is that these girls come from hard places. They do not know how to love and be loved. They have built up walls that can be hard to break down.
To step into the hard places with these girls is just that – hard. To seek to do it with a language barrier is even more challenging.
But it is so worth it. I don’t just say that. The glimpses of joy that pour forth out of these girls as they experience being loved and cared for makes it all worthwhile.
I look at my own life and realize this is my story too. Christ left his heavenly throne, seated at the right hand of God to enter into the brokenness of this world. Not only to enter into it, but to redeem it for God’s glory.
When we enter into the broken lives of these girls, we have the opportunity to show the world our hope does not dwell in the comfort of this life. We are willing to lay our lives down now for the hope that is to come. And by God’s grace, may these girls and many others know the hope found only in Christ as we enter into their lives and faithfully point them to him, the one who heals the broken and restores their hope.
Written by: Krystal Brummitt, Events and Merchandising Manager at Lifeline Children’s Services