If you have been at the church any night this week, you have witnessed firsthand around 50 of our children on the “Rolling River Rampage” of Vacation Bible Camp. Laughter and songs echoed through our halls each night. “With Jesus in my heart, the spirit in my soul, God is in control. And that is how we roll.” Indeed, that is how we roll at Royal Oak First. The Bible verse for our children at VBC this week is: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” It comes from Isaiah 43:2. The full verse looks this:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
And the flame shall not consume you.
God assures Isaiah as He does Elijah that when it feels like life is overwhelming… know that God is with us. Last week we found Elijah under the broom tree, overwhelmed, giving up and asking God to take his life. But God sent in the Angels and led Elijah to the cool and comforting cave.
When life feels overwhelming, God will lead us to that place where we can find rest and comfort. He will lead us to that place where we can experience the God who love us (no matter what). And then, He will call us out of the cave to witness and be a part of God’s movement in the world.
I am grateful that I got to see God passing by this week as little Lilly played the part of Mary in the story of Mary and Martha. In her sweet little voice she said” Welcome Jesus, please come in. We love you, Jesus.” I felt the brush of God passing by as Ben grabbed my hands to do “Wheels on the Bus” then put his arms around my neck for a big hug. Our children weren’t the only ones “rolling” on our VBC river. God was on the move in the hearts of all who were present.
This weekend we’ll see some pictures of our VBC week and hear our children sing on Sunday. You don’t want to miss it.
Grace and Peace,