Last week I went with our 4th-6th graders to Kids Camp. It was such a great time! I’m a little banged up, I still feel sleep deprived and I’m ashamed to say that my knees ache but they do But all of that pales in comparison to seeing kids impacted for Jesus!
There was an activity at camp called “The Screamer Swing.” Basically you get harnessed into the biggest swing you’ve ever seen in your life, they pull you up 50 feet in the air and then let you go. My group had to wait two days before the screamer was our scheduled activity and no one enjoyed having to wait…well except for two young ladies. You see, they don’t like heights, they were terrified of the entire thought and they didn’t plan on participating.
Thursday came and it was our time….finally. The girls started one by one, taking their turn on the swing and it came down to the last two and myself. I told the camp staffer who was in charge of the ride that, that was it, there was no one else going and he looked at the two girls and told them that if they don’t do it, they’ll regret it. One girl didn’t care, there was no convincing her, she gladly sat on the sidelines. But, the second girl said.. “I have a question”, the staffer said “yea”, she says “how high do you have to go” to which he said “you can go as high as you want”, she said “can I go 10 feet rather than 50” he said “sure.” So, she got harnessed in and pulled up to 10ft, she looked at me and I said, “Is that good?” She looked around, she looked down at the ground and she looked at me and said “A little more.” I hollered out “A Little more!” and a little more they went! Then she was swinging and she loved it! I was so inspired!
We were privileged to have Karl Romeus as our guest speaker and he did an incredible job! On Thursday night he posed a question to everyone..”What is your next step?” What is that “little bit more?” you could do to have a closer relationship with the Lord? I got to go back to our small group and discuss with those girls what their next step with the Lord is, which was amazing! But I shared in that small group time what that moment on the Screamer Swing really meant to me and I wanted to share it with you too. I thought of that swing as a walk with Jesus (an adventure for sure!) When I saw those two girls, it made me think of the different paths we can choose to take in the life: We can choose to sit out, that no matter how much we’ll regret it, we shake our heads and say no, I can’t do that, no that’s not for me. And then we can take the other path and we can take the step into a walk with God. And as we pursue Him, we can stop and take time to look around, see where we’re at and what we’re doing and say “A little more!”
One of the girls looked at me and asked, “What’s your little bit more?” It caught me by surprise (don’t kids always have a way of doing that I didn’t even know what to answer at the time but it’s been on my heart ever since and I came to realize what the little bit more is for me…I need more quiet time with the Lord, I need to learn to wait in His presence. I live a busy working Mom’s life on the run but that’s My NEXT Step!
What’s your next step? What’s your little bit more? Would you take some time and allow the Lord to speak to your heart and then please feel free to share.