There comes a point in everyone’s life that calls for a re-evaluation of sorts. For me, that seems to always happen the weekend I go to Hume Lake. I have been blessed to be able to be a camp counselor for the last 4 years to the same small group girls that came into my life as freshmen. These freshmen quickly grew up into young women who I genuinely enjoy spending time with.
This year I was fortunate enough to be able to surprise them and come back as their counselor for their senior year. There is just something incredible about watching 1,000+ high school students worship Jesus in a way that you never did when you were a high schooler. The sight of hands raised, the sounds of voices singing and the feeling of complete connection with God is something that will always be my favorite part about Hume.
Every year I go to camp with the hope and prayer that my girls will be challenged and convicted to re-evaluate their lives. Friendships, relationships, ambitions and priorities. Well, every year I come back just as much changed as they do. This year I went to Hume with a million things on my mind. Varying from my season of singleness all the way down to a few emails I forgot to send at work before I left. My head was clogged. The minute I arrived my heart and head cleared and I had a sense of peace in my heart that I had almost lost in the hustle and bustle of being an adult.
As if seeing my girls wasn’t amazing enough, God placed the most amazing co-counselor in my cabin. A girl I met when she herself was a high schooler and I was in my first year as a small group leader. I’ve always respected this girl and knew God was going to do amazing things in her life, I just never realized that she would be placed in my life so many years later and challenge me in a way I knew I needed.
We prayed together, cried together, sat together and witnessed to these girls together. I’m confident she was placed in my life for this reason and what a comfort it is knowing we have so many of the same fears, anxieties and worries. Truth be told, nothing is a coincidence and I know this was just another blessing from God in my life.
I can honestly say I came down that mountain (in blizzard like conditions), a completely changed person. While I still have the same fears, anxieties and worries, I am comforted knowing that no matter what God has a plan for them. The hard part about last weekend was the re-evaluation. The tough decision to no longer allow certain people in my life. The heartbreak of moving on from a situation I prayed relentlessly would be different. The fear of letting go and letting God. All things I still don’t know how to handle but am trusting God will make it easier in the coming weeks, months and year.
I wish I could fully describe what a gift it is to go to Hume Lake. It is the closest I feel I have come to Heaven on Earth. While I’m sad that was more than likely my last year, I am so uplifted that Hume isn’t going anywhere. Thousands of kids every year will drive through those mountains, turn down that long driveway, pull up to the general store and make their way to the cabins that will change their lives. That gives me major hope for the next generation and the future of this world. If you have the opportunity to experience it or your child does, SEND THEM! It is the best decision you never knew you needed to make.