65 days ago…..
was just a normal day in March. I did my regular Wednesday grocery shopping, went trailer shopping with Todd, Emma taught me how to leap frog, the RA boys shot their bow & arrows and I had Chinese leftovers for supper. (I keep a journal which is the only reason why I can remember those details, btw.)
65 days from now…..
will be… the first day of …. wait for it ….
Vacation Bible School!!
Which is, for sure, one of my most favorite weeks out of the year. The church will be SUBMERGED in underwater decorations and a blue tint will cover every single thing and person who enters. Adults, youth and kids will be pumped and ready to dive into the week ahead, and a good number of us will already have our outfits laid out for all of the spirit nights. Indeed, I could probably go ahead and fill in these details and others in my journal, even these 65 days in advance.
What I can’t write in or foretell yet are two big things.
Number One: Who will fill in all of the almost 80+ spots to lead and love our kids for the VBS week? What teachers, crafters, greeters, decorators, musicians, cooks and all of the other workers needed will step up to give a week to share and model Jesus to the kids of our church and community?
I hope YOU will be prayerfully and willingly thinking about where you can serve and then put your name on the VBS wall SOON so we can get the team together. There are many places to serve and many levels of commitment which can fit all abilities and availability. And you will have a blast with all ages of your church family while serving Christ. Guaranteed.
Number Two: Yes, the halls will be bathed in a sea of blue, but will our entire week be bathed in a sea of prayer which can begin now and continue through our VBS week?
We have so many talents, abilities and resources right here in our church, but we are fooling ourselves to think that we would want to try and do this on our own without God’s power and purpose being at the forefront.
Let me challenge all of us to be intentional about praying for VBS starting now and for the next 65+ days. Make a reminder note card to put in your kitchen sink window, write it on your rear view mirror with an Expo marker or even start cutting fish shapes out of various kinds of paper and pray as you cut out each one. (Then give me your fish shapes so I can add them to the other schools of fish others have cut out and prayed for to decorate our hallways. Seriously. People are doing that. Myself included.)