Even though Camp is over, I really do not think that fact should inhibit me from finishing what I started. Hopefully the last days will be written up.
Wednesday's morning session was titled “Battling Lies with the Truth of the Holy Spirit”. I noticed one point that many of the girls took to heart. In response to the discussion question (what is the hardest/ most confusing thing to you about the Holy Spirit) Mrs. McDermott stated we think we are the ones to muster the inspiration, joy, energy, and all else that comes from the Holy Spirit. Just as guinea pigs cannot manufacture their own essential, vitamin C, so are we, humans who cannot create the Spirit of truth and holiness within us on our own.
As always, various games were scattered throughout the day. Some were (this is an undisclosed opinion) gross while others were hilariously creative as well as sprinkled with ridiculous characteristics. Some campers partook in the Mud Pie Feeding Frenzy with Chocolate pudding and gummy worms. Nate and Sarah made the brown stuff, and as I was writing a different post, I asked what they were doing. Nate looked up and matter-of-factually answered,
“We are stirring the pot.”
I think that explains enough, as we were all very tired. It became a small joke for the rest of the day, if only to emphasize how tired, but joyful, we were. Sarah would just laugh at anything when her tiredness reached a certain level.
Aside from the rather messy games that required a full sidewalk cleaning crew (please thank those jolly janitors and merry maids) cabin time took place, and most of the campers were inspired to memorize the verses for the week.
Wednesday was very cloudy, and it rained a bit as well. Though I am not comparing years of camp, I love it when campers and others do not let rain discourage them. Rain is not discouraging, but refreshing, and no one had a bad attitude about the short downpours, sprinkles, or sun showers.
Pastor Burk and Crabtree so graciously drove campers to “The Hub” for ice cream. I think everyone enjoyed just driving with either of these people. After ice cream, free time, swimming, crafts, and field games, it was time for supper, and afterward, another game.
This is one of my favorites (and no, it is not because I do not have to run...I love the running games). Each person's creativity comes out in the way they make their costumes and personalize their voices to match the characteristics of their assigned characters. This year there was everyone from the Joker and Harley (of course) to the Incredibles, from Katniss Everdeen to the Queen of Hearts. Because this game is Live Clue and so different from the running games, campers enjoyed this game quite a bit. It is an interesting experience to walk up to your Counselor and his/her assistants, only to find that he/she pretends not to know you. He or she may even be yelling at you. Who knows.
Pastor Sam's Wednesday evening session was so very wonderful. The chapel was not hot and stuffy, because of the heavenly rain, so the loud, whooshing fans were not used. The title of this session was “Suppressing the Truth in Unrighteousness”. Essentially, since “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”1, we suppress the truth. We are all unrighteous, so our sin nature is to suppress God's truth. The bad news is that all God's wrath is aimed at truth suppression. It is His truth, and we are supposed to make it known, as Psalm 40:10 states: "I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly." However, since we have such a sinful nature, we often suppress this love and truth, which only makes God angry. The good news, though, is that Jesus has claimed us, set us free from truth suppression, and put us in a position where we will not hide his righteousness, his truth, his love.
"As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob."