You know those moments, where your bursting at the seams in anticipation?
You can feel it deep inside of you, that something great is about to happen. You can hardly contain your excitement.
Last Friday, that was my feeling as I drove down the last couple of miles towards our Bible camp. Within a couple of hours, a team of people would arrive for a weekend of enhancement projects that I would be overseeing. It was going to be great!
This feeling however, died immediately as I enter the camp-gates. I soon discovered that we had obviously fallen victim to a spree of vandalism and theft. Unfortunately, they broke into our sports shed first, stealing our pellet guns.
This gave them the devices and enough ammo to shoot out a pile of windows and appliances; before packing up some tools, medical supplies and archery equipment. My heart sunk as I worked my way around the camp, surveying the damages.
After reporting the incident to the police, I notified a few of our board members. As I initially explained what had happened to our newly elected Vice-Treasurer, he replied “God is good and He will work good out of this somehow.” That was exactly what I needed to hear.
He continued to remind me of all the great things that were taking place within our ministry. Furthermore, he relayed the fact that Satan would not allow so many spiritual wins without retaliating on some level.
Later on in the week as we were reflecting on the events, he said “I felt it definitely like an attack, as the camp seemed to have a renewed focus, and people were coming together with renewed excitement. Everyone was looking forward to the Enhancement Weekends and it is no coincidence that this took place just before, to try and defeat us.“
This attack was meant to discourage me, which it did. Regardless, I could not let it destroy what had already been set in motion for that weekend. As Director, I needed to get my head back in the game, give the glory to God for the trial I was facing, and press on with what we had previously planned.
Soon enough, the glass was cleaned up, windows sealed and damaged goods stored. As people arrived and heard what had happened, it seemed to motivate them; spurred them on in some way. Perhaps, it was the anger of what had taken place or a strange call-to-action out of circumstance?
Whatever it was, people were ready to rally and get things done!
Needless to say, we had an amazing first Enhancement Weekend. As word has spread about the damages to our camp, the second Enhancement Weekend is trending to be even more successful. It’s amazing to see how God’s spirit motivates and unifies when adversity rears its ugly head.
If the vandalism and theft had not of taken place; I am certain that our Enhancement Weekends would not have been as widely publicized, nor as well attended. God be praised!
QUESTION: In your life, has God ever turned adversity into alliance?