The way the Lord works never ceases to amaze me.
Something I’m learning more and more is that the Lord does not need us to change the hearts of His children. He is all powerful and works in ways we have no idea he is working. As an ambassador for the Gospel, I am not called to change hearts, but rather, I am challenged to remain faithful to share about His saving grace and wait for him to act.
Last summer, I was a counselor here at the Towers and had a sweet girl in my cabin who didn’t know Jesus. Let’s call her Grace. We had multiple conversations about what she thought about Jesus, but at the time she was too afraid to accept him.
We had many conversations about the Gospel, but no matter what I said, she just wasn’t ready to accept him. I felt like I had failed as a counselor and then I remembered the truth – The Lord is the one who turns dead hearts to become alive again. He is the one who reveals his love and acceptance of his children, if only they are willing to believe.
I surrendered this little camper to Him and prayed He would continue to work in her. And the Lord was so faithful. Our week together at camp ended and she left and went home. I didn’t know if I would ever see Grace again.
But God had bigger plans than me.
This summer, I’m not a counselor, but now I have the privilege of working behind the scenes with our media team. It has been encouraging to reconnect with campers from the past few summers and see how the Lord is working in their lives and the ways they continue to change.
I was working around camp and ran into Grace again.
She said, “Hey, Wide-Eyed!”
I turned around and saw her beaming face.
“Grace! I didn’t know you were coming back this summer!! How’s it going?”
“Great! Guess what?”
“I accepted Christ on Monday with my counselor.”
My heart overflowed with so much joy as I remember the summer before and how she was so closed off to the Gospel.
She said, “You know, I feel so different now that I have Jesus in my heart. I feel more happy and not so scared anymore. I just wasn’t ready last summer, but God really helped me understand everything more and I feel so much more happy.”
I was so encouraged to see how the Lord continues to work in the hearts of his kids even when we are not there. He is actively pursuing them and desires to have a relationship with them. Week 6 is already off to a great start and I’m encouraged that the Lord will do incredible things in the lives of your kids this week just like he has done in the life of Grace and in my own life.
He is diligently pursuing us and desires for us to know of His saving grace and grow in relationship with Him. Philippians 1:6 reminds us of the Lord’s unchanging faithfulness,
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
I’m thankful for Pine Cove and the way the Lord works in the lives of His children, including mine. He is doing awesome things. Glory be to Him!