The hallway is lined with suitcases. We’ve never done anything like this before and I’m not exactly sure what to pack for a whole month away.
So I simply packed it all.
(Or close to it, anyway.)
When a friend first told me about a potential month-long opportunity to serve at a Christian summer camp, I said no. I wouldn’t apply. I wouldn’t think about applying. There were a million reasons why I thought it wouldn’t work. Mostly though, the idea seemed … large … somehow.
A whole month? With only two weeks to prepare, no less. That’s if I got the job. And what if I did get it? A whole lot of other what ifs would inevitably follow.
“Think about it,” my friend said.
My husband said the same thing: “Why not? You should at least consider it!”
The more I thought and prayed about it, the more I realized what an incredible opportunity it would be. One of our dreams has been to somehow work with kids to share our love of paddling, hiking, nature and Jesus. Even if this isn’t exactly that, isn’t it a start? And haven’t I been praying for months for God to show me ways to serve Him with my own children alongside?
We spend every moment we can up in that part of Ontario anyway. We dream of living there for good so why not move there for a month?
And my children? They might never otherwise have the chance to go to summer camp in the Muskokas. What a blessing all around!
Over at the camp, with opening day inching closer, they had been praying for the right person to come along and fill the position.
The whole thing came together in just over a week. Every single beautiful detail. I’ll be volunteering as office staff, my girls will participate in summer camp for a month and my husband will come up as often as he can.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. For all of us.
Oh, and I won’t have to cook for a whole month, so there’s that too. Miracles happen, you guys.
As of tomorrow, the kids and I are off on one of our biggest adventures to date. A working vacation, a chance to serve, a dream reignited.
The moral of the story? When an outside-of-the-box opportunity comes your way, at least consider it.
On that note…
See you in a month!