It was that day I was reminded, as I have been many times before, how important VBS themes can be for adults, as well as for the kids that experience VBS. I've felt that before as a teacher in my church, but never so much as this year, new on staff at LifeWay.
It was the first full week of November, 2012 and I was more or less hiding behind the scenes of our video shoot for Backyard Kids Club, ironing Colossal Coaster World t-shirts for the participants, and I was scared.
Don’t get me wrong, not hide in your closet and shake scared, just first day of school butterflies scared.
It was my first full week of work at LifeWay, and the video shoot was a good way to learn my way around. Only I didn’t realize when I first signed up that I was going to be IN the video. In front of a number of people I’d only just met. With no idea what I was doing.
So in typical introvert fashion, I volunteered for a job that took me (temporarily) away from all the set-up activity. In the previous two weeks, I had moved from East Tennessee to Nashville, worked on loan paperwork for q new house, met everyone who works for LifeWay Kids (no small number!) and started trying to learn a new job as well as do all the little things that are part of setting up a new life in a new city. I was completely overwhelmed.
And as I ironed those shirts, I heard the theme song kick in downstairs as someone began to teach the kids the hand motions they’d be using.
“Colossal Co-o-oaster Wo-o-orld, facing fear, trusting God,” I heard sweet young voices begin to sing along. That idea settled inside somewhere and the butterflies landed to take a look.
I’ve always struggled with fear and lack of trust in God (anybody else?) and now I was face to face with a reminder that I wasn’t pausing to trust God at all, just trying to do it all myself. But you’d better believe I paused to ask Him to handle things then!
Looking back over the past few months, I can see how God provided a really fun, and educational, video shoot, a slow but Him-guided mortgage process, a wonderful and very welcoming bunch of new coworkers that I'm having fun getting to know, focus to learn my new job, and grace and comfort for the rocky moments of this move. Scripture promises that kind of stuff is going to keep on happening.
As we're only human, I know I'm not the only one who has struggled to trust God with something. As the new year gets underway, what are some areas that have you a bit worried? It might be family struggles, problems at work, nerves as you try to get your ducks in a row for VBS, or just the unknown of a new year.
Whatever it is, take a few moments to pray and put God in charge of those, as well as praying for the fears of the kids you’ll be ministering to this summer. Take it from someone who’s wasted a lot of time worrying about things that God eventually worked out: you’ll be glad you did.
What are some scriptures you rely on when you're worried by something going on in your life? One of my favorite is Philippians 4:8-9, 13. Share some of your favorites in the comments below and we can encourage each other!