This summer brought a long-awaited event for Madaline…GIRLS CAMP.
She has been looking forward to this for a really long time. She could hardly contain her anticipation and excitement.
Except for one thing.
She found out that she was required to bring a cot to camp and she was worried sick thinking about the fact that she was going to have to set it up… All. By. Herself.
The girl fretted and frazzled for months. She was just sure she wasn’t going to be able to do it. Her mind conjured up all sorts of terrifying scenarios from being humiliated to sleeping on the cold hard ground for a week.
As much as Jon and I tried to ease her fears and concerns, she simply could not let it go. The fact that I was even going to be at camp to help in the kitchen for the entire week still couldn’t stop her worries.
Finally, the day before camp we had a little chat about how God has her back. We talked about how God knows exactly what’s happening and that this was a perfect opportunity for her to learn how to rely on the Lord. To trust that He would actually help her out in her times of struggle.
She went to sleep, feeling slightly more at ease but I knew she was still worried.
The next day we got up early and drove to camp. The big moment finally arrived… we carried her stuff (and that dreaded cot) to her cabin. We walked in to find that most of the girls had already set up their cots along the edges of the big, one-room cabin.
We looked around to find Maddie’s name on the wall indicating where she was supposed to set up her things.
To be honest, I was a little nervous myself for her. It really was kind of a tricky cot to put together…however, I knew she could handle it. I also knew she needed to have a little bit of adversity in order to grow. I placed the cot on the floor, looked at her, and prayed all would be well.
And then you’ll never believe what happened.
As soon as I said “amen” I looked over to see that the exact same cot had just been assembled right next to Maddie’s spot! Two leaders and two girls who set it up took one look at Maddie’s cot and said, “Oh good, another one! We know exactly how to set this up!”
God has your back.
He really does.
He may not swoop in and fix everything all at once. You may need to struggle, you may need to grow your faith a bit, but He always has your very best interest in mind.
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After girls camp, the kids and I decided to drive to Idaho Falls from Omaha to see my family and spend some time in the gorgeous dry + cool Idaho summer.
I haven’t driven long distances without Jon for a long time. I don’t like being without him and I definitely don’t like driving without him. But I knew he needed to stay in Nebraska to get work done. I also knew I needed to face my fears head on and do the things that scared me.
So I did it. I drove the kids to Idaho without Jon.
I wish I could say I didn’t worry and I totally trusted in God and had faith He would make it all perfect. I tried. I really did. But the morning we left Omaha we got stuck in a really bad rainstorm.
I could hardly see the other cars around me or the road. We all slowed way down but it was still super scary.
You better believe I was praying like crazy… “Heavenly Father, please make the rain stop. Please, please, please! Please give me clear skies and make the rain go away!”
But the rain didn’t stop.
If anything it just poured harder.
Is my faith not sufficient? Am I not able to communicate with God the way I thought I could?
And then I distinctly heard the quote from Elder John H. Groberg enter my mind, “Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He calms the child in the storm.”
He didn’t calm the storm that morning, but He calmed me. He calmed my mind and allowed me to trust in Him and gain confidence in my driving.
The miracle wasn’t clear skies. The miracle was the peace and comfort that God allowed me to feel amidst the rain.
Having sufficient faith doesn’t mean having the faith that God will grant all my wishes. Having sufficient faith means having faith in Christ to know that whatever may come, God is aware of me and it’s for my best interest.
Elder Groberg goes on to say,
“So often in life, we think that because we have done things in a certain way, certain results should follow. But life is like the ocean. Sometimes we get caught in squalls and storms and things don’t go the way we think they should, even when we think we have done right. But God can find us in the eye of a storm and give us courage to swim in rough water.”
Then he continues with this one line which beautifully articulates why I can sit with the trials and find peace and hope…
“We learn lessons from storms that we cannot learn from calm seas.”
Life may not all fall into place perfectly the way YOU think it should. But it will fall into place in the perfect way.
So if you find yourself worried about putting up a cot, driving in the rain or even incredibly hard circumstances like divorce, cancer, or a wayward child…
If you find yourself in the midst of a raging storm…hold tight.
Your peace is on its way.
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